E-Guide A Decision Maker’s Guide to Log Management
Organizations have been dealing with computer and network device logs for the past 40 years. There are precious few IT technologies still alive and kicking that can boast of such a long history. While often underappreciated by IT professionals, logs are an extremely useful source of data for IT shops, particularly in the area of information security management. It is widely known that getting that crucial information takes both time and energy. Sadly, both are often in short supply inside overworked IT organizations. Adding to their strategic value, logs today are increasingly more than just a source of data for system administrators. Logging is a primary means of IT accountability because most user and system actions can be recorded in logs. There are many other means of accountability inside an organization, but logs are the one mechanism that pervades all of IT, stretching even beyond the bounds of technology. If your IT operation is not accountable, that means your business is not accountable.
What You Want in a Log Management Solution is:
- The ability to collect logs from sources that need to be analyzed, including firewalls, servers, security devices, databases and applications.
- The ability to search across all logs quickly, using keywords, time and other parameter logs. It should be instantly available in high-stress incident-response environments.
- Readily available regulatory compliance reports and other tools to help keep auditors and assessors at bay.
- An easily deployable solution, at least for basic needs and problems solved.
- Last, but maybe most importantly, the ability to put your data to good use.
Read on to learn what to consider when it’s time to get a handle on your logs.