Configure an integration policy for Endpoint and Cloud Securityedit

After the Elastic Agent is installed with the Endpoint and Cloud Security integration, several protections features — including preventions against malware, ransomware, memory threats, and malicious behavior — are automatically enabled on protected hosts (some features require a Platinum or Enterprise license). If needed, you can update the integration policy to configure protection settings, event collection, antivirus settings, trusted applications, event filters, host isolation exceptions, and blocked applications to meet your organization’s security needs.

You can also create multiple integration policies to maintain unique configuration profiles. To create an additional Endpoint and Cloud Security integration policy, go to ManagementIntegrations, then follow the steps for adding the Endpoint and Cloud Security integration.

You must have the Kibana superuser role to configure an integration policy in the Elastic Security app.

To configure an integration policy:

  1. In the Elastic Security app, go to ManagePolicies to view the Policies page.
  2. Select the integration policy you want to configure. The integration policy configuration page appears.
  3. Review the following settings on the Policy settings tab and configure them as appropriate:

  4. Click the Trusted applications, Event filters, Host isolation exceptions, and Blocklist tabs to review the endpoint policy artifacts assigned to this integration policy (for more information, refer to Trusted applications, Event filters, Host isolation exceptions, and Blocklist). On these tabs, you can:

    • Expand and view an artifact — Click the arrow next to its name.
    • View an artifact’s details — Click the actions menu (…​), then select View full details.
    • Unassign an artifact (Platinum or Enterprise subscription) — Click the actions menu (…​), then select Remove from policy. This does not delete the artifact; this just unassigns it from the current policy.
    • Assign an existing artifact (Platinum or Enterprise subscription) — Click Assign x to policy, then select an item from the flyout. This view lists any existing artifacts that aren’t already assigned to the current policy.

You can’t create a new endpoint policy artifact while configuring an integration policy. To create a new artifact, go to its main page in the Elastic Security app (for example, to create a new trusted application, go to ManageTrusted applications).

Malware protectionedit

Malware prevention on the Elastic Agent detects and stops malicious attacks by using a machine learning model that looks for static attributes to determine if a file is malicious or benign.

By default, malware protection is enabled on Windows, macOS, and Linux hosts. To disable malware protection, switch the Malware protections enabled toggle off.

Malware protection levels are:

  • Detect: Detects malware on the host and generates an alert. The agent will not block malware. You must pay attention to and analyze any malware alerts that are generated. Notifications do not appear by default. Select the Notify User option to enable them.
  • Prevent (Default): Detects malware on the host, blocks it from executing, and generates an alert. Notifications appear by default. Deselect the Notify User option to disable them.

    Platinum and Enterprise customers can customize these notifications using the Elastic Security {action} {filename} syntax.

Malware protection also allows you to manage a blocklist to prevent specified applications from running on hosts, extending the list of processes that Endpoint and Cloud Security considers malicious. Use the Blocklist enabled toggle to enable or disable this feature for all hosts associated with the integration policy. To configure the blocklist, refer to Blocklist.

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Ransomware protectionedit

Behavioral ransomware prevention detects and stops ransomware attacks on Windows systems by analyzing data from low-level system processes. It is effective across an array of widespread ransomware families — including those targeting the system’s master boot record.

Ransomware protection is a paid feature and is enabled by default if you have a Platinum or Enterprise license. If you upgrade to a Platinum or Enterprise license from Basic or Gold, ransomware protection will be disabled by default.

Ransomware protection levels are:

  • Detect: Detects ransomware on the host and generates an alert. The Elastic Agent will not block ransomware. Select the Notify User option to enable user notifications.
  • Prevent (Default): Detects ransomware on the host, blocks it from executing, and generates an alert. User notifications are enabled by default. Deselect the Notify User option to disable them.

    Platinum and Enterprise customers can customize these notifications using the Elastic Security {action} {filename} syntax.

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Memory threat protectionedit

Memory threat protection detects and stops in-memory threats, such as shellcode injection, which are used to evade traditional file-based detection techniques.

Memory threat protection is a paid feature and is enabled by default if you have a Platinum or Enterprise license. If you upgrade to a Platinum or Enterprise license from Basic or Gold, memory threat protection will be disabled by default.

Memory threat protection levels are:

  • Detect: Detects memory threat activity on the host and generates an alert. The Elastic Agent will not block the in-memory activity. Select the Notify User option to enable user notifications.
  • Prevent (Default): Detects memory threat activity on the host, forces the process or thread to stop, and generates an alert. User notifications are enabled by default. Deselect the Notify User option to disable them.

    Platinum and Enterprise customers can customize these notifications using the Elastic Security {action} {rule} syntax.

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Malicious behavior protectionedit

Malicious behavior protection detects and stops threats by monitoring the behavior of system processes for suspicious activity. Behavioral signals are much more difficult for adversaries to evade than traditional file-based detection techniques.

Malicious behavior protection is a paid feature and is enabled by default if you have a Platinum or Enterprise license. If you upgrade to a Platinum or Enterprise license from Basic or Gold, malicious behavior protection will be disabled by default.

Malicious behavior protection levels are:

  • Detect: Detects malicious behavior on the host and generates an alert. The Elastic Agent will not block the malicious behavior. Select the Notify User option to enable user notifications.
  • Prevent (Default): Detects malicious behavior on the host, forces the process to stop, and generates an alert. User notifications are enabled by default. Deselect the Notify User option to disable them.

    Platinum and Enterprise customers can customize these notifications using the Elastic Security {action} {rule} syntax.

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Attack surface reductionedit

This section helps you reduce vulnerabilities that attackers can target on Windows endpoints.

  • Credential hardening: Prevents attackers from stealing credentials stored in Windows system process memory. Turn on the toggle to remove any overly permissive access rights that aren’t required for standard interaction with the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS). This feature enforces the principle of least privilege without interfering with benign system activity that is related to LSASS.
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Event collectionedit

In the Settings section, select which categories of events to collect on each operating system. Most categories are collected by default, as seen below.

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Register Elastic Security as antivirus (optional)edit

If you download the Elastic Agent version 7.10 or later on Windows 7 or above, you can configure Elastic Security as your antivirus software by switching the Register as antivirus toggle on.

Windows Server versions are not supported.

Detail of Register as antivirus option.

Advanced policy settings (optional)edit

Users with unique configuration and security requirements can select Show advanced settings to configure the policy to support advanced use cases. Hover over each setting to view its description.

Advanced settings are not recommended for most users.

This section includes:

Save the general policy settingsedit

After you have configured the general settings on the Policy settings tab, click Save. A confirmation message appears.