12.1 Overview

You can associate objects with more than one tag. You can, for example, create tags related to regulations (PCI) or compromised systems or network infrastructure such as routers, switches, and firewalls. Some organizations need to define data retention or data viewing policies based on the geographic location, so tags can be used to tag event sources based on different locations.

When ESM objects such as event sources, event servers, Collector Managers, or Collector plug-ins are tagged, all the events from those ESM objects are tagged with that value. The tag value is placed in a reserved variable, rv145. However, events generated before tagging the ESM objects are not tagged. Sentinel does not perform retroactive tagging of data that is already stored because it is not an accepted practice to modify events that are already stored.

You must have the appropriate permission to view events that are tagged with specific tags. For example, only users in the PCI Compliance Auditor role can view events that are tagged with at least one of the regulation-related tags such as PCI, SOX, HIPAA, NERC_CIP, FISMA, GLBA, NISPOM, JSOX, and ISO/IEC_27002:2005.