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Log Collection

Comprehensive log collection in EventLog Analyzer

The first step in log management is collecting log data. Log collection can be a challenging task because some systems such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and intrusion prevention systems have EPS (events per second) that generate large amounts of log data. To collect and process log data in real time, regardless of the volume of log data and the number of devices in the network, organizations need a robust log collection mechanism.

Every network has different systems and environments that generate various log formats, such as event logs, syslogs, and other application logs. The information gained from a router log differs from that gained from a firewall. Also, some logs cannot be collected directly, such as those in DMZs. All in all, log collectors need to be flexible enough to accomodate all network devices and applications.

Agent-based and agentless log collection

EventLog Analyzer can collect logs from multiple log sources such as Windows systems, Unix/Linux systems, applications, databases, firewalls, routers, switches, and IDS/IPS. Windows devices don't require agents to collect logs while syslog devices require them mostly for load balancing purposes. Hence, EventLog Analyzer is designed to support both agent-based and agentless log collection mechanisms to cater to all devices and applications in the network. EventLog Analyzer's architecture is scalable and can support up to 20,000 log sources.

Before you start using log management software, be sure to configure each device's log collection settings. That way, you'll save storage space by only saving the logs that you really need. You can configure the log collection settings using either the local group policy or the syslog service.

Universal log collection

EventLog Analyzer also supports universal log collection with its Universal Log Parsing and Indexing (ULPI) technology, which enables security administrators to decipher and analyze any log data regardless of its source and format. The collected log data is centrally aggregated and presented in a single console for log sources across locations.

Custom log collection

EventLog Analyzer supports custom log collection, meaning it can collect events from text files on both Windows and Linux computers. Some applications don't follow the standard logging services—Windows event log and syslog—and log information as text files instead. When these logs are collected, they are parsed into custom fields created for that particular log data.

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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