Constellation Update: Improving Assessment Functionality, User Workflows

By John Boatman, December 20, 2017 | SHARE

Each day a diverse group of individuals, from SOC analysts to security directors, logs in to the Constellation Analytics Platform to perform any number of mission-critical tasks. One of these is conducting assessments — be they evaluations of personnel in an organization or safety audits of critical infrastructure facilities.

Over several recent product releases, Haystax Technology has introduced multiple enhancements to the Constellation Assessments app that will help improve the workflows of analysts, supervisors and field assessors alike.

In a major advance for employee evaluation workflows, an assessment is automatically created for an individual when his or her risk score shows significant change over a short period of time. Previously only an incident was created by this score-change trigger. In the Assets page (image below), the user can see Constellation model results and other information that led to the score change.

Moreover, the assessment is linked ‘under the covers’ not just to the asset (aka, individual) in question, but also to the related incident that was created automatically. This provides analysts with complete end-to-end visibility as to the underlying reasons an individual is being flagged as a potential risk.

Other Assessments app improvements include:

Print Functionality

Most Constellation users are very active in generating detailed assessment reports from the system. Based on their feedback, our developers have added a number of new print capabilities. These include the following:

Additionally, to provide further context to Constellation administrators and those reviewing and approving assessments, all individual assessments now display two, rather than one, auto-populated sections up front: 1) an Overview with key information on the assessment itself, such as start and end dates, owner and assessor names and contact details, photos, highlights and the activity log; and 2) an Asset section with meta-data related to the individual or critical facility being assessed, such as contact and demographic details, location and (if applicable) employment history.