Event ID 618 – Encrypted Data Recovery Policy Changed
Whenever there is a change in EFS data recovery agent information, event ID 618 is logged. Since EFS is controlled by group policy, the local computer's name is usually given as the "User Name". To find out more about the changes, the group policy object must be tracked.
This log data provides the following information:
- User Name
- Domain Name
- Logon ID
- Changes Made
Why does event ID 618 need to be monitored?
Encrypting File System is generally used for files that contain private and sensitive information. Unplanned changes to its policy warrants further investigation, and thus, event 618 should be monitored.
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Event 618 applies to the following operating systems:
- Windows Server 2000
- Windows 2003 and XP
Corresponding event ID in Windows 2008 and Windows Vista is 4714.