Analyzing WatchGuard logs
Network security devices play a crucial role when it comes to protecting your organization's network from external cyberthreats. By auditing the log data generated by these network devices, you can gain valuable information regarding various security events taking place in your network. However, the volume of log data generated by these network devices is incredibly high, making it difficult to monitor and analyze in real time. The good news is that EventLog Analyzer can simplify the entire process for you.
Monitoring and analyzing WatchGuard traffic using EventLog Analyzer
EventLog Analyzer is a centralized, web-based tool that provides IT compliance and log management for all WatchGuard security devices and virtual private networks (VPNs). The intuitive, easy-to-use interface offers administrators end-to-end log monitoring and management, agent-based and agentless log collection methods, custom log parsing, complete log analysis with reports and alerts, a powerful log search engine, and flexible log archiving options.
EventLog Analyzer monitors and stores every new log, along with its timestamp, size, and WatchGuard device information. This makes it easy to load, analyze, and generate reports from archived logs.
Since EventLog analyzer is capable of handling heterogeneous logs, it is possible to standardize WatchGuard logs along with other network device logs so they share a common format. This makes it easier to monitor and correlate logs from different devices to get a better understanding of the overall data flow through the network. All logs collected by WatchGuard devices, such as WatchGuard Firebox, can be archived regardless of their predefined interval. This way, you can create and load archived files into your database at any time.
Analyzing network threats using WatchGuard network log monitoring reports
EventLog Analyzer has an extensive set of out-of-the-box reports exclusively for WatchGuard networks that are broadly classified into 12 categories:
Firewall allowed traffic reports:
View information regarding traffic that has been allowed entry into the network. The traffic is categorized on the basis of source, destination, protocol, and port. You can also monitor traffic patterns and trends using this report.
Allowed Traffic | Top Traffic based on Source | Top Traffic based on Destination | Top Traffic based on Protocol | Top Traffic based on Port | Allowed Traffic Trend
Firewall denied traffic reports:
View all the connections that have been denied access to your network, and monitor traffic patterns and trends as well.
Denied Connections | Top Denied Connections based on Source | Top Denied Connections based on Destination | Top Denied Connections based on Protocol | Top Denied Connections based on Port | Denied Connection Trend
Firewall website traffic reports:
Track allowed traffic as well as traffic trends, and monitor website traffic based on source, destination, protocol, and port.
Website Traffic | Top Website Traffic based on Source | Top Website Traffic based on Destination | Top Website Traffic based on Website | Website Traffic Trend
Monitor logon trends, all successful logons to your firewall, and the hosts and users with the most logons.
Logons | Top Successful Logons from Source | Top logons based on users | Logons trend
Failed logon reports:
Track failed logon trends, all unsuccessful logons to your firewall, and the hosts and users with the most failed logons.
Failed Logons | TTop Failed Logons from Source | Top failure logons based on users | Failed Logons Trend
Firewall account management reports:
Manage and monitor your firewall accounts by tracking account change information and identifying all new or deleted administrators.
Admin Added | Admin Deleted | Admin Modified
Firewall policy management reports:
Analyze changes made to firewall rules and network monitoring policies to get a head start on periodically cleaning up your firewall policies.
Policy Added | Policy Modified | Policy Deleted
Firewall IDS/IPS reports:
Monitor vulnerabilities and identify the source or destination devices most frequently involved in attack attempts. View an attack trend report as well.
All Attacks | Top Attacks based on Source | Top Attacks based on Destination | Attacks Trend
System event reports:
Monitor system events such as WatchGuard firewall configuration changes, clock updates, system status changes, and services that failed to start.
Configuration Change | Clock Update | System Status | Services Start Failed | Features Status | License Status
Device severity reports:
Analyze WatchGuard device logs to get a clear picture of the events happening in your network based on their severity. Monitor all access points, security events based on severity (such as emergency, alert, or error), and warning events.
Emergency Events | Alert Events | Critical Events | Error Events | Warning Events | Notice Events | Information Events | Debug Events
VPN logon reports:
Keep track of all successful VPN logons, logouts, and logon trends.
VPN Logons | VPN Logout | Successful VPN Logons Trend
Failed VPN logon reports:
Track unsuccessful VPN logons and failed logon trends.
Failed VPN Logons | VPN Failed logon trend reports
You can add your own customizable reports in addition to the existing set of exhaustive reports. Schedule both existing reports and user-created reports to export them to PDF or CSV and automatically email them to stakeholders.
Benefits of monitoring WatchGuard devices and VPNs using EventLog Analyzer:
- Secure, tamper-free log archiving
- Intuitive interface
- Powerful log forensics that enable robust searches
- Custom compliance reports to fulfill compliance standards
- Easily customizable report templates to meet internal policy needs
- Real-time email and SMS alerts on configuration changes and events of interest
Get instant notifications when suspicious events occur with real-time alerts
Minimize the mean time to detect and respond to any attack with the help of EventLog Analyzer's real-time alerting feature. Whenever there is any sign of a threat, alerts will be triggered, and EventLog Analyzer will notify you immediately via email or SMS.
The alerts have three severity levels: Attention, Trouble, and Critical. You can prioritize the alerts based on their severity level and focus on remediating the most critical ones first.
Using EventLog Analyzer, you can set up alerts to monitor specific events on WatchGuard security devices, such as configuration changes, warning events, failed logons, critical events, and policy modifications.
Network device monitoring with EventLog Analyzer
Keep watch on WatchGuard device traffic.
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