User Tips: Configuring Integrations

Polarity User Tips May 19, 2020

Today’s post continues an ongoing series on Polarity User Tips. Data tells a story, Polarity helps you see it with Augmented Reality overlaying contextual information as you work, giving you the right data at the right time to make informed decisions and take action with speed. This guide explains how you can see the story in your data with Polarity by configuring integrations.

How Polarity Integrations Work

Users can build on top of the Polarity platform with our library of 100+ powerful, open source integrations. When you build an integration with Polarity, it works with all of your tools and applications, improving data recall and reducing the friction to take action from your data.  

Polarity integrations are API or Database connections into third party systems that allow for Polarity to query or interact with that third party data source. Integrations can be just informational, meaning Polarity will simply query that data source, or they can be bi-directional, allowing users to interact with data in that third party data source.

Polarity initiates an API or Database call to an integration based on data that is seen on your screen, what we at Polarity call an entity. An entity can be anything from an IP Address or File Hash to a person's name.

Polarity will return information from that third party system if there are any hits on that entity; think of it as an automatic search. Polarity then displays information relating to that entity in the Polarity overlay window. The information will vary depending on the data source. If there is a way to interact with the data, then there will be buttons or text fields present for the analyst to interact with.

Configuring Integrations in Polarity

Most Polarity integrations will need to be configured by you or a Polarity Administrator. Our integrations were developed in a way that makes it easy to add in the settings that are needed to connect.

Every integration will require a different set of configurations based on what source that integration is connecting to. For example, if it’s an API, there is typically an API key and a URL that is needed. Each of the integrations has its own unique values that are required for configuration.

In most cases, a Polarity Admin will set up most of the integrations by locking in the values and sharing them across the team. However, in some cases you will have to go in and add values that pertain to your accesses.

How to Configure an Integration

To configure your Polarity integrations, first ensure your Admin has granted you access to integrations. You can tell if you have been granted access because you will see integrations listed. Before subscribing, navigate to the Settings page and input the options that are needed.

As you can see below, for our CVE Search integration, you have the ability to set the integration to On-Demand only. This enables you to only get information from that integration when the On-Demand mode is on and allows you to set the CVE Search API endpoint.

Once you have the integration configured, navigate back to the Integrations page and subscribe!

What do Polarity Integrations look like in action?

Polarity integrations help you see the story in your data by overlaying contextual information from the tools you already use directly on your screen. No glasses, no goggles, Polarity is software giving you the right data at the right time to make informed decisions and take action with speed.

Watch the videos below to see Polarity Integrations in action.

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Learn more about Polarity integrations by checking out our integration blogs.

What Next?

Tune into our next Community Tech Tuesday to learn more. Not a Polarity user? See for yourself with a Polarity demo or trial, or take the Tour.