Succeeding with Impact

Follow these best practices to achieve maximum value and success with Impact. These steps align with the key benchmark metric: increasing coverage.

Step 1: Gain organizational effectiveness

Complete the key organizational governance steps to maximize Impact value. For more information about each task, see Gaining organizational effectiveness.

Develop a dedicated change management process.

Define distinct roles and responsibilities in a RACI chart.

Validate cross-functional organizational alignment.

Track operational metrics.

Step 2: Confirm that the minimum version requirements and dependencies are met

Verify that your Tanium™ Server is version 7.4 or later. Upgrade, if needed.

For servers running on Windows, see Tanium™ Core Platform Deployment Guide for Windows: Upgrading Tanium Core Platform servers.

For servers running on a Tanium™ Appliance, see Tanium Appliance Deployment Guide: Upgrading Tanium Appliance software.

Verify that Tanium Interact is version 2.2 or later. Upgrade, if needed. See Tanium™ Console User Guide: Manage Tanium modules.

Step 3: Install Tanium modules

Install Tanium Client Management, which provides Tanium Endpoint Configuration. See the Tanium Client Management User Guide: Installing Client Management.

Install Tanium Impact. See Installing Impact.

Install Tanium Trends. See Tanium Trends User Guide: Installing Trends.

Import the Impact board from the Trends initial gallery. See Tanium Trends User Guide: Importing the initial gallery.

If you installed Trends using the Tanium Recommended Installation workflow, the Impact board is automatically imported after the Impact service account is configured.

Step 4: Step 2: Configure Impact

Configure the Impact service account. See Configure the service account.

If you installed Impact using the Tanium Recommended Installation workflow, the Impact board is automatically imported after the Impact service account is configured.

Configure the Active Directory domains that you want to analyze with Impact. See Installing ImpactConfigure connections to domains.

Step 5: Step 3: Analyze the potential impact of users, groups, and endpoints

Use the Highest Impact tables to analyze the endpoints, users, and groups that have the highest potential impact in your organization if compromised, based on the impact rating. See Identifying high impact users, endpoints, and groups.

Build graphs to analyze the rights, dependencies, and relationships for assets. Use these graphs to visualize potential lateral movement and identify assets in your organization with a high impact score. See Analyzing the impact.

Use this data to determine and prioritize where you should reduce administrative privileges, especially for critical endpoints, users, and groups, to reduce attack surface.

Step 6: Step 4: Monitor Impact metrics

From the Trends menu, click Boards and then click Impact to view the Impact Coverage panel.

Monitor and troubleshoot Impact Coverage.