Setting Asset Inactivity Limits

Assets persist in Kenna even after we are no longer receiving new vulnerability information about them from your scanner. To remove decommissioned assets' risk scoring and fix information, they must be set to "inactive" in Kenna. Inactive assets are not deleted from the platform, they are simply removed from Risk Meter scoring, will not appear in any default reporting, and will not appear in any fix asset lists.

You can now choose to set asset inactivity limits globally or at the connector-level.

Important to Note

  • Connector-level asset inactivity limits take precedence over globally set limits

  • When an asset is associated with multiple connectors, the greatest limit is used.

  • When no connector-level limits are set, the default is set to the global limits.

  • Connector runs change the last seen time, which change the expiration date

  • The following are methods of change Asset Inactivity Limits:

    • Direct API updates

    • User Interface update of limits from Asset Setting menu (global) or a specific connector

    • Removal of a connector with a set limit

    • Manual updates to asset statuses

Global Asset Inactivity Limit Setting

To automatically have assets set to inactive, select Asset Settings from main menu. 


Kenna uses the scanner data to determine when an asset was last seen. After an asset has exceeded the inactivity limit that you choose in Asset Settings, Kenna will automatically set the asset status to inactive. If you scan weekly, a 30 day inactivity limit may be appropriate. If you scan quarterly, the limit would need to be set higher. 


If an asset appears in scan data after it has been set to inactive, Kenna sets the Asset back to active and it will reappear in all other areas of Kenna reporting and processing. A nightly job runs, which compares the last seen dates on Assets and sets them to active or inactive to meet the rule set in Asset Settings. Using this feature helps ensure that the risk picture portrayed by your Risk Meters is accurate and up-to-date. 

Connector-Level Asset Inactivity Limit Setting

Similar to globally set asset inactivity limits, the connector-level asset inactivity limits use last seen time plus your set inactivity time in days to evaluate the expiration date.

To automatically have assets set to inactive, navigate to the specific connector you wish to update. 

Enter the number of days in the Asset Inactivity Limit (days) field, then click Save And Verify.


Once the new limit is applied, you should see the new expiration date under individual assets.


Manually Inactivating Assets

If you choose not to use the automatic Asset Setting feature, you can still find active assets in the environment and set them to inactive manually. 

Note: Updating an Asset status manually will completely remove that Asset from the automated processing described above. Recently seen Assets will stay inactive and old assets will stay active past the Asset Settings if manually set. 


  1. Perform a text search of asset_last_seen:<now-90d to find all assets that have not been seen in the last 90 days.
  2. Select the checkbox in the far upper-left of the Assets table.
  3. Click Apply to all assets matching this criteria? link to allow for bulk operations on all results.
  4. Click Inactive in the upper-right of the Assets table.

This will bulk-deactivate all assets matching the above "last seen" query.

To check the validity of Assets status for manually set Assets, you can create several risk meters to monitor status:

  1. Assets that should be Active: Asset status "inactive". Search query = asset_last_seen:>now-7d
  2. Assets that should be Inactive: Asset status "active". Search query = asset_last_seen:<now-31d (days should be Asset Setting +1)

Risk meters will be 0 if all automated processing is working as expected.

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