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Add the security checklist to applications created before 7.3.1

Valid from Pega Version 7.3.1

The security checklist is now automatically added to applications. You can manually add the security checklist to applications that were created in earlier versions.

You can improve the security of your application by completing the tasks on the checklist.

The following task reflects the procedure on how to manually add the security checklists to Designer Studio prior to 7.3.1:

  1. In the header of Designer Studio, click the name of the application, and then click Definition.
  2. Click the Documentation tab.
  3. In the Application guides section, click Add guide.
  4. In the Application guide& field, enter pxApplicationSecurityChecklist.
  5. Click the Configure icon in the Available in column and select the portals (App Studio and Dev Studio) that you want to add the security checklist to.
  6. Click Save.

Use "alternate database" as report source

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

You can opt to use the the "alternate database" identified in the Reports Database field of the Data-Admin-DB-Table instance that supports the Applies To class of a report as the source for the report. This reduces the load on the database that serves your application when you run the report.

Support for encrypted traffic in a cluster

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

The Pega 7 Platform includes the Ignite platform, which supports encryption for intra-cluster communications. You can now configure encryption for intra-cluster traffic for compliance with regulatory or organizational security requirements.

For more information, see Enabling encrypted traffic between nodes.

Chart drilldown capabilities extended to dashboard widgets

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

When the chart for a report is displayed in a dashboard widget, you now can click any part of the chart to drill down and view the subset of data for that part. This enhancement provides you with an accurate view of the data that determines the report results. Previously, this capability was provided only in the Report Viewer.

Enhancements to exporting report results to Excel

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

When you export report results to Excel, the .xlsx file that the export process generates is smaller, opens faster, and no longer displays a security warning when you open it. Excel handles more of the formatting, and DateTime, Date, TimeOfDay, and Numeric properties are exported in a format that Excel recognizes. In addition, columns have sorting and filtering enabled by default.

These enhancements are enabled by default and provide improvements to performance and memory usage, especially with large data sets. You can disable this new default behavior by modifying the pyEnableExportToAdvancedExcelFormat when rule. For more information, see Disabling the default functionality for exporting reports to Excel.

Monitor standard and custom security events

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

From the new Security Event Configuration landing page, you can select the standard and custom security events that you want the Pega 7 Platform to log automatically for every user session. The security events are grouped into the following types:

  • Authentication
  • Data access
  • Security administration
  • Custom

The API logCustomEvent() is provided so that you can create custom security events that are specific to your applications and that can be monitored by the Pega 7 Platform. For more information, see Security Event Configuration.

SAML configuration supports global resource settings

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

In the SAML Authentication Service form, you can now use global resource settings, which allow greater flexibility for values that change compared to using fixed text values. Apply global resource settings, which are dynamic values, in the Identity Provider (IdP) information section and the Service Provider (SP) settings section of the form.

For more information, see Authentication Service form - Completing the SAML 2.0 tab.

Restrict visibility of scalar property values for certain users

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

You can use the Access Control Policy rule to mask individual scalar property values from specified users. You can restrict visibility for the following property types:

  • DateTime
  • Integer
  • Text

For more information, see Masking property visibility for users.

Disable inactive operators

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

As a system administrator, you can control access to an application by disabling Operator IDs. To disable an Operator ID, you can use one of the following options in Designer Studio:

  • Call the Service REST: user.
  • Change settings on the Operator Access tab on the System Settings landing page or on the Security tab on the Operator ID form.
  • Define the number of inactive days in the security policies before an Operator ID is automatically disabled.

For more information, see System Settings - Operator Access tab, Enabling Security Policies, Security tab on the Operator ID form.

Improved data security for BIX extracts for Pega Cloud customers

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

Data security is improved for BIX extracts in the Pega Cloud. BIX extracts are now processed through the use of a HIPAA-compliant system. As a result of this improvement, the method for obtaining BIX extracts has changed. For more information, see Process for obtaining BIX extracts has changed for Pega Cloud customers.

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