Panther CLI

The panther_analysis_tool is a Python command line interface for testing, packaging, and deploying Panther Policies and Rules.


Install the panther_analysis_tool with the following command:

pip3 install panther-analysis-tool

File Organization

It's best practice to create an internal fork of Panther's open source analysis repository. To get started, navigate your local checked out copy of your custom detections.

We recommend grouping rules based on log type, such as suricata or aws_cloudtrail. Use the open source Panther Analysis packs as a reference.

Each rule consists of a Python file (<my-rule>.py) containing your detection logic and a YAML/JSON specification (<my-rule>.yml) with the rule's attributes.

Rule Body

‚ÄčWrite your rule and save it as

Rule Attributes

The specification file MUST:

  • Be valid JSON or YAML

  • Define an AnalysisType field with the value rule

Define the additional following fields:

  • Enabled

  • FileName

  • RuleID

  • LogTypes

  • Severity

An example specification file:

AnalysisType: rule
Enabled: true
RuleID: Category.Behavior.MoreInfo
DisplayName: Example Rule to Check the Format of the Spec
DedupPeriodMinutes: 60 # 1 hour
- Log.Type.Here
Severity: Info, Low, Medium, High, or Critical
- Tags
- Go
- Here
Runbook: Find out who changed the spec format.

Unit Tests

In your spec file, add the following key:

Name: Name to describe our first test.
LogType: Log.Type.Here
ExpectedResult: true/false
Key: Values
For: Our Log
Based: On the Schema

Running Tests

panther_analysis_tool test --path <path-to-your-rules>

Filtering based on rule attributes:

panther_analysis_tool test --path <path-to-your-rules> --filter RuleID=Category.Behavior.MoreInfo

Uploading to Panther

Make sure to configure your environment with valid AWS credentials prior to running the command below. By default, this command will upload based on the exported value of AWS_REGION.

panther_analysis_tool upload --path <path-to-your-rules> --out tmp

Rules with the same ID are overwritten. Locally deleted rules will not automatically delete in the rule database and must be removed manually.

For Panther Cloud customers, file a support ticket to gain upload access to your Panther environment.