Policy Change Event: 854

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Account Management » Policy Change Event: 854

Event ID 854 – The Windows Firewall logging settings have changed.

Event ID 854
Category Policy Change
Type Success Audit

When the logging settings of Windows Firewall are changed, event ID 854 is logged by Windows. Such a change is usually instituted by an administrator or a group policy refresh.

This log data provides the following information:

  • Policy Origin
  • Profile Changed
  • New Settings - Log Dropped Packets
  • New Settings - Log Successful Connections
  • Old Settings - Log Dropped Packets
  • Old Settings - Log Successful Connections

Why does event ID 854 need to be monitored?

  • To check if the settings defined for the Windows Firewall are in line with the established standard settings
  • To monitor all changes made locally to Windows Firewall settings

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Event 854 applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2003 and XP

Corresponding event ID in Windows 2008 and Windows Vista is 4950.

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