Anyone working in Information Technology, and specifically in information security, understands how critical it is to protect company data. Not only is it a best practice, but the ramifications of a data breach can be far reaching and expensive. What you might not understand, however, is how event log management can actually make your job a lot easier in a couple different ways. First, and I’m sure you’ve heard about it, but this one aspect of enterprise security can drastically reduce your chance of data breaches- and it can do it automatically. Second, it provides logs and data reports so you can map patterns and have your data in order should an audit occur.
Event log management provides your company with real-time analysis of incoming threats or unusual activity in your network. It tracks all activity, and then notifies you when there is something out of place. This can help you avoid data breaches because you’ll know the second an event is taking place and you’ll have the time and ability to remediate any issues before data is copied or stolen. Other data security approaches don’t offer the real-time information necessary to PREVENT attacks from happening - which everyone knows is the best way to handle a data breach.
In addition to keeping your data safe and giving you the notice necessary to handle any issues before they happen, event log management provides accurate and complete reports of all data events and access. This is vital information for security profresionals to review. With statistics such as these, you can map patterns and discover ways to make your database even more secure. In the event of an audit, these files will need to be made available to those individuals conducting the review of your systems. With an event management solution in place, these records can be pulled automatically- without long hours of sifting through data.
Now that you know the benefits of an event log management solution, it’s critical to understand what features a log management tool should have. Log management solutions need to include application and user monitoring, as well as data aggregation and retention. They should also offer detailed security reports and logs, and real time event correlation. Incident management support should be a key benefit to the log management solution you ultimately select, and you want to be sure data is provided to you in real time. Finally, your solution should have audit reporting and log/report management capabilities.