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Securing syslog devices

Securing syslog servers and devices

Given that Linux and Unix devices are popular among organizations, securing them requires a solid strategy. One of the necessary components in any organization's security strategy is auditing syslogs. Real-time auditing can provide a clear picture of network activity and alert administrators of any potential breach attempts well in advance.

Using an automated tool like EventLog Analyzer makes auditing syslogs from Unix and Linux devices efficient, continuous, and instantaneous.

Auditing syslog devices with EventLog Analyzer

The advantages provided by EventLog Analyzer include:

  • Support for all Unix and Linux devices with a large collection of predefined reports.
  • Collection of syslogs through agentless technology, with the option to install agents if needed.
  • Centralized normalization and storage of logs.
  • Securing and encrypting log archives, with flexible archiving options.
  • Notifications about important events, such as critical errors and failed logons, with real-time email and SMS alerts.
  • In-depth log forensics with flexible log search options.

EventLog Analyzer predefined syslog reports

EventLog Analyzer provides a wide collection of predefined reports for syslogs from Unix and Linux devices. Syslog reports help administrators secure Unix and Linux devices against insider threats and external breach attempts. EventLog Analyzer provides the following reports:

  • Severity: Classifies all events according to their severity level. Warning, critical, and emergency events could indicate a serious network issue. If not corrected in a timely manner, attackers could use some of these issues, such as a flaw in network infrastructure, to their advantage.
  • System events: Lists the occurrence of various system events, which can be useful for identifying any abnormal events that require further investigation, such as the unexpected shutdown of a critical server or an application download at an odd hour.
  • Logon and user account monitoring: Shows successful and failed user logons, user group changes, and password change attempts that could indicate a malicious insider threat or a compromised user account.
  • Data protection: Audits all data systems, such as removable media, network file systems, and FTP operations.
  • Auditing sudo command use: Monitors the usage of the sudo command, which allows users to exploit other users' (usually the superuser or other restricted users) security privileges.
  • Mail server auditing: Audits mail server activity, revealing interesting trends or anomalies for further investigation, such as when several emails are rejected from a specific domain.
  • Network errors: Highlights several types of errors on the network, such as reverse lookup errors or invalid connection errors. These errors are useful for identifying where weak points are on the network.
Customer Speaks
  • Credit Union of Denver has been using EventLog Analyzer for more than four years for our internal user activity monitoring. EventLog Analyzer provides great value as a network forensic tool and for regulatory due diligence. This product can rapidly be scaled to meet our dynamic business needs.
     
    Benjamin Shumaker
    Vice President of IT / ISO
    Credit Union of Denver
  • The best thing, I like about the application, is the well structured GUI and the automated reports. This is a great help for network engineers to monitor all the devices in a single dashboard. The canned reports are a clever piece of work.
     
    Joseph Graziano, MCSE CCA VCP
    Senior Network Engineer
    Citadel
  • EventLog Analyzer has been a good event log reporting and alerting solution for our information technology needs. It minimizes the amount of time we spent on filtering through event logs and provides almost near real-time notification of administratively defined alerts.
     
    Joseph E. Veretto
    Operations Review Specialist
    Office of Information System
    Florida Department of Transportation
  • I love the alerts feature of the product. We are able to send immediate alerts based on pretty much anything we can think of. We send alerts when certain accounts login, or when groups are changed, etc. That has been very helpful. Also the automatic archive of the log files has been very helpful and has taken the worry out of keeping old logs. The “Ask Me” function is very nice as well. It is great to have some natural language queries built in where you can just click a button and get an answer.
     
    Jim Earnshaw
    Senior Computer Specialist
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Washington
  • Windows Event logs and device Syslogs are a real time synopsis of what is happening on a computer or network. EventLog Analyzer is an economical, functional and easy-to-utilize tool that allows me to know what is going on in the network by pushing alerts and reports, both in real time and scheduled. It is a premium software Intrusion Detection System application.
     
    Jim Lloyd
    Information Systems Manager
    First Mountain Bank

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