Configure Packetbeat to use X-Pack security

If you want Packetbeat to connect to a cluster that has X-Pack security enabled, there are extra configuration steps:

  1. Grant users access to secured resources.

    You can use role-based access control to grant Packetbeat users access to secured resources.

  2. Configure authentication credentials.

    To interact with a secured cluster, Packetbeat must either provide basic authentication credentials or present a client certificate.

  3. Configure Packetbeat to use encrypted connections.

    If encryption is enabled on the cluster, you need to enable HTTPS in the Packetbeat configuration.

  4. Set the password for the built-in monitoring user.

    Packetbeat uses the beats_system user to send monitoring data to Elasticsearch. If you plan to monitor Packetbeat in Kibana and have not yet set up the password, set it up now.

For more information about X-Pack security, see Securing the Elastic Stack.