We’re super happy to announce the availability of Sensei Release 1.8; bringing support for popular Linux Distributions like Centos, Debian, Ubuntu and the FreeBSD Operating System as well. This release also ships the Central Network Analytics and Reporting which allows you to have an aggreated view of all your locations and networks.

New Platforms

This is an important milestone for us in realizing our mission to be able to deliver instant enterprise network security for all. Your Sensei deploymens on all new platforms as well as on OPNsense firewalls can be managed together and seamlessly from the same pane of glass: Cloud Portal: https:/sunnyvalley.cloud

Below is the complete list of supported Linux Distributions and FreeBSD releases

  1. FreeBSD 11 & 12
  2. Centos 7 & 8
  3. Debian 9 & 10
  4. Ubuntu 18.04 & 20.04

The new platforms are meant to be managed through the Cloud Portal. For OPNsense, we’ll continue to provide both the OPNsense Web UI and Cloud Portal integrations.

Documentation about installing and managing Sensei on the new platforms is to follow shortly.
For the impatient below one liner does the job to install. Rest should be self-explanatory for the experienced 🙂

$ curl https://updates.sunnyvalley.io/getsensei.sh -o getsensei.sh && sudo sh ./getsensei.sh

Centralized Reporting and Analytics

Aggregate and visualize all security telemetry from a single pane of glass. Start from the enterprise-level big picture. Drill down to per-connection details.

You are a security practitioner and you are always on the lookout for anomalies. Trying to keep track of individual systems on a one-by-one basis is an arduous process that is highly likely to cause important alerts to be missed or ignored. 

Just like central policy management, Cloud Central Management empowers you with the capability to stream all of your reports to a single project-specific reporting instance. Run your analytics starting from the even bigger picture. Drill down to specific firewalls, and even to individual connections wherever they are. 

Centralized Network Analytics and Reporting
Centralized Networks Analytics and Reporting

The privacy-first design prioritizes that we store minimal possible information in the backend servers and that all information is stored in your devices and be retrieved on-demand when you request to access them through the Cloud Interface.

For Centralized Reports, you can freely use your own Elasticsearch instances, since they do not have to be hosted in the Cloud. Alternatively, you can also utilize Cloud elastic.co cloud instances. Centralized Reports are also retrieved and displayed through one of your firewalls.

Looking for Centralized Policy Management? Hold on tight. It’s coming in April, 2021. Yes, next month!.

Managing your firewalls under “Projects”

You have dozens of firewalls and you want to group them under different projects to be able to manage them efficiently? We heard you!. You can do this now using “Cloud Projects”:

Creating Cloud Projects to manage a group of firewalls
Creating a project to manage a group of firewalls

Centralized Reporting per Project: You can create centralized reporting instances per project. What this means is that you can group Company A firewalls under a project and assign a single Elasticsearch instance configuration for these group of firewalls.

Other Improvements:

Cloud Portal

  • New Feature: Ability to do packet engine updates through Cloud Portal
  • Improvement: Node names sorted by node names.
  • Improvement: Performance optimizations for Remote Elastic Database.
  • Bug- Fix: A few Cloud Agent service bugs are fixed. 

Updates & Health

  • Improvement: Database version is shortened for convenience.

Reporting

  • New Feature: SQLite backend for low-end systems. (Cloud only for now)
  • Bug-Fix: Allow button problem is fixed in the Threats – Live Security Events Monitor.
  • Bug-Fix: Maximum value limitation for Connections in the Conn-Facts Reports and Schedule Reports is removed and now unlimited.

Configuration

  • Bug-Fix: Exempted Network IP field max character limit extended.

Policy

  • Bug-Fix: Custom Application definitions are now checked for formatting. 
  • Bug-Fix: IP / Network field max character limit extended. 

Report a Bug

  • Bug-Fix: Crash report creation is fixed.

Try Sensei’s Premium Features for free

Did you know that you can try all of Sensei’s Premium Subscription Tiers; 7 days for free.

Just sign-in to your Cloud Portal account at https://sunnyvalley.cloud and request a trial subscription. It takes 30 seconds:

Academic, educational, and non-profit organizations enjoy generous discounts: Edu Discounts

To learn how Premium Subscriptions compare to Free Features, see: Premium vs Free

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