New Feature: CRM Security Alerts

New Feature: CRM Security Alerts

IRIS CRM now supports automated sending of CRM Security Alerts!


Get notified in real time about any suspicious activity on your site such as login attempts during non-office hours or from a non-office IP address, multiple failed login attempts or attempts to download large amounts of data.


As is the case with most of our features, the security alert feature too is extremely easy to use and you can have your new security alerts set up in minutes!


Here’s how it works.


Alert Types


Your security alerts can be set up for several pre-defined trigger events which include:


  • Export Threshold Exceeded For Lead Data
  • Export Threshold Exceeded For Merchant Data
  • Export Threshold Exceeded For Helpdesk Data
  • Export Threshold Exceeded For Communications (Email, SMS, Dialer)
  • Attempted Login During Non-Office Hours
  • Attempted Login From Non-Office IP
  • The Wrong Password Entered
  • User Account Disabled



For the data export alerts, here is a breakdown of all the pages and reports which are being monitored automatically for each of type of export:


Export Threshold Exceeded For Lead Data

  • Home > Lead Overview (Exporting Leads by Status)
  • Home > Reports (Exporting Leads Search)


Export Threshold Exceeded For Merchant Data

  • Home > E-Apps tab (Exporting submitted applications)
  • Manage > Administration > Merchants > PCI Compliance Reports > Generate (Generate Non-Compliance Report)
  • Manage > Administration > Residuals > Line Items (Exporting Line Items)
  • Merchant Details > Deposits (Exporting Daily Deposits)
  • Merchant Details > Financials (Exporting Financials)
  • Merchant Details > Memos (Exporting Memos)
  • Merchant Details > Retrievals (Exporting Retrievals)
  • Merchant Details > Chargebacks (Exporting Chargebacks)
  • View All Merchants (Exporting Merchants)
  • Manage > Administration > Merchants > Merchant Management (Exporting Merchants)
  • Tools > Merchant Tracker (Exporting Stopped Processing Merchants)
  • Tools > Portfolio Activity (Exporting Merchants)
  • Tools > The Scoop > ControlScan (Exporting Merchants)
  • Residuals > Export All
  • Residuals > Export Report
  • Residuals > Export Details tab
  • Residuals > Export Summary View


Export Threshold Exceeded For Helpdesk Data

  • Helpdesk (Exporting Tickets)


Export Threshold Exceeded For Communications Data

  • Tools > Dialer Metrics > Dialer Activity
  • Tools > SMS Metrics
  • Manage > Administration > Email > Email History



Adding a New Security Alert


Within the system alerts settings you can:


  • Set specific thresholds for different events
  • Select specific Groups or User Classes that will be monitored
  • Select specific Users or User Classes who will receive the alerts


Note that the system alerts settings can be created, edited and deleted only by System Administrator or Super Administrator users.


To add a new security alert, open the Manage Security Alerts page (Manage > Administration > Logs > Security Export Alerts) and click the “Add New Security Alert” button:



The “New Security Alert” pop-up window will appear as shown in this image:



You can now enter your alert settings as described further below.


Select Alert Type and Alert Threshold


Click on the “Alert Type” drop-down menu and select the type of event for which security alerts will be sent:



After you have selected the alert type a new “Alert Threshold” drop-down menu will appear right below the “Alert Type” drop-down.

The “Alert Threshold” menu lists the threshold options that you can select for that particular alert type:



Several types of thresholds will require you to enter additional threshold settings.

For example, if you choose to send out security alerts for the Wrong Password Entered event after a specific number of event occurrences, you will also need to enter the number of such occurrences including the time span within which they happen:



In the above example, a security alert will be automatically sent out if a user tries to log in 3 times within a span of 5 minutes and fails.


Select the Groups or User Classes to Be Monitored


Next, select specific Groups and User Classes to whom the new monitoring rules will be applied.

Click on the Groups field and a drop-down pick list will appear which contains a list of all available groups that you can select. Alternatively, you can leave the default option enabled which is to monitor All Groups:



Note that the settings for security alerts are based on a primary group of a user.


When selecting User Classes which will be monitored you can choose from one of three options as shown in the below image:



If you choose the “All, except selected user classes” or the “Only selected user classes” option then an additional pick-list will automatically appear below the User Classes menu. You can use this list to select specific User Classes that will be excluded or included in the new monitoring rule (depending on which of the two options you selected):



Select Recipients for Security Alerts


In the last step of configuring your security alert, select the User Classes or specific users who will receive the email alerts.

Similarly as in previous steps, clicking on the Notify User Classes or Notify Users fields will open a pick-list which allows you to select the User Classes or specific users. When finished, click the “Add” button and your new security alert will be saved:



Viewing and Managing Saved Alerts


The Manage Security Alerts page also shows a table which contains detailed information on each of your security alerts. Using this table you can always access and modify your settings whenever needed:



In order to locate all the security alerts which apply to a specific user group click on the filter field next to the “Add New Security Alert” button and select the required group:



Once you’ve made your selection the table will refresh automatically and show only the alerts that were set for that specific group.


Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!


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