The monitoring profile is where you'll associate a ruleset with the hosts that you want to monitor. How do you get started? Go to Configuration > Monitoring Profiles and click New Profile. Follow the wizard.
Enter a name for the profile. The profile name will be referenced in your alert email notifications.
Choose the hosts in your account that you want to monitor. You can specify hosts by tag or by IP address. You'll notice that the only tags available are those that were defined with the IP address rule. Go to the Asset Management application to create and manage tags.
The ruleset that you select will determine which events trigger alerts for this particular profile. For example, select a ruleset that tells us to alert users when new severity 5 vulnerabilities are detected and when new open ports are found.
If yes, simply tell us how often you want email notifications sent out (every 5 minutes, every hour, daily, etc). The email notification will include all new alerts for this profile in the timeframe you select. The email will go to all users added to the profile. Select "never" if you don't want notifications sent.
Select at least one distribution group. The group you select can view alerts for this profile (on the Alerts list) and will receive notifications when notifications are enabled.
Don't have any groups? Click the New Group button to create one. Once saved, the new group can be added to this profile, and to other profiles. Distribution groups are shared between the CM and VM applications. Any groups added or updated in CM will also be updated in VM, and vice versa.
Can I save the profile without a group? Yes, but the profile will be disabled. That means no alerts will be created for this profile until you add a group to it.