Release Notes: Here's What's New in Your Ontic Platform (v16.5)

Release Date: September 8th, 2022



  • Support tables in Assessment Forms

  • Ability to open split view of windows


Real Time Threat Detection

  • What’s New and Relevant Signals

  • Principal Tags for filtering & updated custom dashboard creation flow

  • Ability to set permission for geo risk by user

  • Real Time Events - Ongoing Updates



  • Ability to notify when next evaluation date is expired



  • Ability to change threat color



  • Entity Layout - Configure observation widget in layout


Nomenclature Updates

  • Investigation owner Relabeled as creator

  • Unification of Manage workspace/Visibility


Task Feed Filter 

  • Ability to set due date filter in task feed



  • Email notification link now displays all signals


Assessments Enhancements

New data type support in tables within Assessment Forms

What it is: Multiple data types for columns have been added in the table with validation to ensure that the user provides information in the correct format.

Why it matters: Previously, only text could be entered & no validation was imposed on entered data. This upgrade will provide clients with more flexibility and control of their assessments’ look and feel.

How it works: 

Multiple data types for columns have been added in the table with validation to ensure that the user provides information in the correct format. If the information is not in the correct format, the user is informed and the correct format is suggested. Data type will define to a user what kind of data could be stored in the column. Previously, only text could be entered & no validation was imposed on entered data. 

In the new experience, list of new data type support for columns is -


Can be selected from a calendar or manually entered. Manually entered date is validated for format


Entered time is validated for format


Data entered is validated for numbers


Data entered gets automatically validated for email format. Ensures a cell in a column is either empty or has a properly formatted email address.


Data entered gets automatically validated for URL link format. Ensures a cell in a column is either empty or has a properly formatted URL link


Can be selected from the drop down list. Data entry is quicker and accurate when a drop down list is used.

Select a data type for the column by clicking on  in the column header.

Click on the column header to enter the heading.  

Click inside a cell in the date column and manually type the date in the suggested format or select it from a calendar.

Column with “User” data type will display a list of users when clicked inside a cell.

Ability to open split view of windows

What it is: While running a reassessment, users can open a split view to see the preview of the past screen.

Why it matters: This upgrade will enable users to quickly refer to the prior response while reassessing any entity/investigation - saving time and frustration.

How it works: 

Navigate to the assessment and hover on the section which needs to be opened in a split window. Click on three dots. Click on “Open in split view”. 

Width of the split window can be changed by dragging the blue line (see image below).

Real Time Threat Detection Enhancements 

Real Time Threat Detection (RTTD), aka “Geo Risks” is a premium feature. To learn more about RTTD and Geo Risks, please contact your account manager.

What's New and Relevant Signals

What it is: Ability to see new signals received in the “What’s New” box. With these updates, it'll  be easier for a user to focus on the latest received signals. New signals will ‘bounce’ on the map to help the user know the signal is new.

Why it matters: Currently users need to refresh the map to be notified of new, relevant signals. Now users will have visual prompts to be notified of new signals while the map is open. 

How it works: 

New data coming to RTTD will populate into the “What’s New” widget while the user is navigating the map.

Principal Tags for filtering & updated custom dashboard creation flow

What it is: Ability to filter the data visible on map based on certain attributes of a principal (i.e. tags or lists the principal is a part of).

Why it matters: Currently, our users can select specific principals or sub-principals, but they cannot focus more granularly. This will make their usage of RTTD more flexible and powerful.

How it works: 

Open Custom dashboard -> Click on three dots -> Click on edit dashboard -> Click on Configure Dashboard Preferences

Click on “Set Principal/Sub-Principal” options. Select Principal Query and filter the dashboard based on selected attributes of principal.

Geo Risks Permissions

What it is: Ability to set the permissions for who can execute certain functions within the geo risk module.

Why it matters: Currently, admins do not have the ability to lock down which permissions of the Geo Risk dashboard users have access to. This provides stronger global governance to our administrators, further reducing their risk.

How it works: 

Administration -> Roles -> Action Permissions. Scroll to the Dashboard section and set the dashboard level permissions.

Real Time Events - Ongoing Event Updates

What it is: Ability to receive updates on real time events for ongoing incidents so users can ensure they are up to date on incidents that impact their people and their assets.

Why it matters: This will save clients time and reduce risk, by quickly bringing information into Ontic.

How it works: 

Client must have the Geo risk module licensed. Create or edit the dashboard and add “Real Time Event” Feed. 

You will be able to see real time events on geo risk map. You will be able to see the most updated version of the signal from the map.

Rules Enhancement

What it is:  Ability to notify when the next evaluation date of an entity has expired 

Why it matters: Users now have the ability to configure specifically what alerts they should receive related to expiration of entity evaluations.  

How it works: Navigate from the Main Menu → Administration → Rules → Create a rule.  In rules creation, select an event “Entity Next Evaluation Expired”, then configure the rule based on entity conditions or do not select an if condition to receive alerts on all expired evaluations.

Metrics Enhancement

What it is: Ability to change the color assigned to the threat, and maintain that color assignment across the platform.

Why it matters: Users will be able to achieve a more customized and branded visual experience, with the use of field color selections across the platform.

How it works: 

Open administration -> Fields. Under the Entity tab, click on standard fields and edit the field  ex.“Threat Level”. 

Entity Layout Enhancement

What it is: Ability to select columns one needs to see in the “Related Observation” widgets in entity details page.

Why it matters: Provide the user with the most dynamic and relevant information related to the entity.  Brings parity with other external sections of information that could be configured including investigations and assessments.

How it works: 

Within the Administration menu the user should navigate to layouts and can add to an existing layout, or create a new layout.  

(Administration → Layout → Open existing layout/create new → Entity Details Layout)

Navigate to the widget “Related Observation”, click on settings to configure the column(s) that need to be displayed.

Nomenclature Updates

Standard Nomenclature Change - Investigation owner relabeled as creator

What it is: Change to the standard nomenclature for Investigations.  Owner is relabeled as the creator. 

Why it matters: Investigations are created by an individual user hence “creator”, however, that person is not always the owner.  An Investigation can be created by one and have one or more Assigned Investigators.

Unification of Manage workspace/Visibility

What it is: UserStandardization of the nomenclature used to manage the visibility of entities, investigations, incidents, and workspaces.

Why it matters: Previously Avoids confusion on how and where the common task of managing access to the different platform objects.


Feed Filter Enhancements

Ability to set due date filter in task feed

What it is: Additional filter exposed in Task Feeds to view tasks by their due date.

Why it matters: Provides for a richer and more efficient process to manage Task Lifecycles across the platform.  

How it works: Assuming the user is on task feed, due date (past/future/custom) can be selected through a filter.

Notification  Enhancements

What it is: Complete view of all of the signals that are reported in an email notification. 

Why it matters: Emails on signal activity can limit the amount of content that is passed and the link into Ontic now provides a clean dashboard view of just those signals that are referenced in the notification.  

How it works: On signal alerts going forward click on the Ontic link which will direct the user to a dashboard view of just the signals referenced.