User Account Options

You can configure the following options for Tenable.sc Director user accounts. The available options depend on the user type, the user's role, and the role of the user adding or editing the user.

For more information about user accounts in Tenable.sc, see User Accounts.

TNS User Account Options

To add a TNS-authenticated user, see Add a TNS-Authenticated User.

Option Description
First Name

The user's first name.

Last Name

The user's last name.

Type

(If LDAP or SAML are configured) The type of authentication you want to perform on the user:

  • Tenable (TNS)
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)

You must configure an LDAP server or SAML authentication in order to select LDAP or SAML from the Type drop-down box.

Username

(Required) The username for the user account.

Note: The username value is case-sensitive.

Password (Required) The password for the user account.

Tip:Tenable recommends using passwords that meet stringent length and complexity requirements.

For information about Tenable.sc Director password data encryption, see Encryption Strength.

When editing a user, type a new password to change the password for the user account.

Confirm Password (Required) When creating a user or changing a user's password, re-type the password for the user account.
User Must Change Password When enabled, the user must change their password upon initial login.
Account Locked When enabled, the user cannot log in to Tenable.sc. An administrator must unlock the user's account to allow them to log in.
Time Zone (Required) The time zone for the user.
Scan Result Default Timeframe

The default Completion Time filter applied when the user accesses or refreshes the scan results page.

Cached Fetching

When enabled, Tenable.sc Director caches plugin policy information and performs plugin policy downloads once per page load.

Membership
Role

(Required) The role assigned to the user. For more information, see User Roles.

Administrator users can create Administrator or Security Manager user accounts. Organizational users can create Auditor, Credential Manager, Executive, No Role, Security Analyst, Security Manager, or Vulnerability Analyst accounts at their own privilege level or lower. For example:

  • If a user is an Auditor, they can create new Auditors or lesser roles.
  • If a custom user has the Create Policies privilege but not the Update Feeds privilege, that user can create users with the Create Policies privilege, but not the Update Feeds privilege.
Organization (Required) The organization where you want to assign the user account.
Group

(Required) The group where you want to assign the user account. A user's group determines their access to Tenable.sc Director resources. For more information about groups, see Groups.

To grant a user limited privileges to other groups' resources, see Custom Group Permissions.

Group Permissions
Manage All Users

When enabled, allows the user to manage users in all of the user's assigned groups. For more information, see Custom Group Permissions.

Manage All Objects When enabled, allows the user to manage objects in all of the user's assigned groups. For more information, see Custom Group Permissions.
Responsibility
Asset

Assigns a user to an asset list for which the user is responsible. Assigning a user to an asset list makes it easier to determine who in a group or organization should be assigned tickets, notifications, and other tasks to resolve particular issues. Selecting an asset updates the User Responsibility Summary in the Vulnerability Analysis section.

Contact Information
Title The contact information for the user.
Address
City
State
Country
Email
Phone

LDAP User Account Options

You must configure an LDAP server to add LDAP-authenticated users. For more information, see LDAP Authentication.

To add an LDAP-authenticated user, see Add an LDAP-Authenticated User.

Option Description
First Name

The user's first name.

Last Name

The user's last name.

Type

(If LDAP or SAML are configured) The type of authentication you want to perform on the user:

  • Tenable (TNS)
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)

You must configure an LDAP server or SAML authentication in order to select LDAP or SAML from the Type drop-down box.

LDAP Server The LDAP server you want to use to authenticate the user.
Search String

The LDAP search string you want to use to filter your user search. Use the format: attribute=<filter text>. You can use wildcards, and the option accepts up to 1024 characters.

Examples

sAMAccountName=*

mail=a*

displayName=C*

LDAP Users Found A filtered list of LDAP user accounts retrieved by the Search String. Your selection in this option populates the Username option.
Username

(Required) The username, populated by your LDAP Users Found selection. This username must match a user on the LDAP server in order to authenticate successfully.

Time Zone (Required) The time zone for the user.
Scan Result Default Timeframe

The default Completion Time filter applied when the user accesses or refreshes the scan results page.

Cached Fetching

When enabled, Tenable.sc Director caches plugin policy information and performs plugin policy downloads once per page load.

Membership
Role

(Required) The role assigned to the user. For more information, see User Roles.

Administrator users can create Administrator or Security Manager user accounts. Organizational users can create Auditor, Credential Manager, Executive, No Role, Security Analyst, Security Manager, or Vulnerability Analyst accounts at their own privilege level or lower. For example:

  • If a user is an Auditor, they can create new Auditors or lesser roles.
  • If a custom user has the Create Policies privilege but not the Update Feeds privilege, that user can create users with the Create Policies privilege, but not the Update Feeds privilege.
Organization (Required) The organization where you want to assign the user account.
Group

(Required) The group where you want to assign the user account. A user's group determines their access to Tenable.sc Director resources. For more information about groups, see Groups.

To grant a user limited privileges to other groups' resources, see Custom Group Permissions.

Group Permissions
Manage All Users

When enabled, allows the user to manage users in all of the user's assigned groups. For more information, see Custom Group Permissions.

Manage All Objects When enabled, allows the user to manage objects in all of the user's assigned groups. For more information, see Custom Group Permissions.
Responsibility
Asset

Assigns a user to an asset list for which the user is responsible. Assigning a user to an asset list makes it easier to determine who in a group or organization should be assigned tickets, notifications, and other tasks to resolve particular issues. Selecting an asset updates the User Responsibility Summary in the Vulnerability Analysis section.

Contact Information
Title The contact information for the user.
Address
City
State
Country
Email
Phone

SAML User Account Options

You must configure SAML authentication to add SAML-authenticated users. For more information, see SAML Authentication.

To add a SAML-authenticated user, see Add a SAML-Authenticated User.

Option Description
First Name

The user's first name.

Last Name

The user's last name.

Type

(If LDAP or SAML are configured) The type of authentication you want to perform on the user:

  • Tenable (TNS)
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)

You must configure an LDAP server or SAML authentication in order to select LDAP or SAML from the Type drop-down box.

Username (Required) The user's SAML username. Type the username exactly as it appears in your identity provider SAML configuration for this user.
Time Zone (Required) The time zone for the user.
Scan Result Default Timeframe

The default Completion Time filter applied when the user accesses or refreshes the scan results page.

Cached Fetching

When enabled, Tenable.sc Director caches plugin policy information and performs plugin policy downloads once per page load.

Membership
Role

(Required) The role assigned to the user. For more information, see User Roles.

Administrator users can create Administrator or Security Manager user accounts. Organizational users can create Auditor, Credential Manager, Executive, No Role, Security Analyst, Security Manager, or Vulnerability Analyst accounts at their own privilege level or lower. For example:

  • If a user is an Auditor, they can create new Auditors or lesser roles.
  • If a custom user has the Create Policies privilege but not the Update Feeds privilege, that user can create users with the Create Policies privilege, but not the Update Feeds privilege.
Organization (Required) The organization where you want to assign the user account.
Group

(Required) The group where you want to assign the user account. A user's group determines their access to Tenable.sc Director resources. For more information about groups, see Groups.

To grant a user limited privileges to other groups' resources, see Custom Group Permissions.

Group Permissions
Manage All Users

When enabled, allows the user to manage users in all of the user's assigned groups. For more information, see Custom Group Permissions.

Manage All Objects When enabled, allows the user to manage objects in all of the user's assigned groups. For more information, see Custom Group Permissions.
Responsibility
Asset

Assigns a user to an asset list for which the user is responsible. Assigning a user to an asset list makes it easier to determine who in a group or organization should be assigned tickets, notifications, and other tasks to resolve particular issues. Selecting an asset updates the User Responsibility Summary in the Vulnerability Analysis section.

Contact Information
Title The contact information for the user.
Address
City
State
Country
Email
Phone