Does my Business Need a Log Management System?

An In-Depth Look at the Need for Log Management Systems

Log management is often overlooked by the professionals who need it most. But in reality, log management is crucial to the success of any company. Having a SIEM log management system nowadays is an absolute necessity from a security perspective. Your logs provide visibility into your network activity.

All your systems, computers, and software solutions produce activity logs, which are used in a management suite to correlate specific events that may be deemed malicious or require further investigation. As of 2017, per the new OWASP top ten, it is now a vulnerability to not have proper a log management system in place.

Balancing the Monitoring

One of the most significant concerns with log management is creating useful alerting and monitoring from the logs. Log management systems are not just a plug-play solution; you need to be constantly tuning and adjusting the criteria of logs to ensure you are only looking at what you need to see as a business from a security perspective. If you are ingesting all the logs, you will quickly run up your storage bill very rapidly and feel inclined to shut off log management altogether. On the flip side, if you are not ingesting enough log content, you will have a false sense of security when it comes to truly seeing the entire architecture.

Establishing Secure Metrics

Above we covered the management of which logs to invest in, and at which volume. Once this has been established, you will still need to create useful metrics from these logs in the form of searches, dashboards, reports, or alerts. This can be a full-time job in itself – one that only a very specialized security expert can accomplish. Not only must this person or team be able to review the logs from a security perspective effectively, but they must also have a great understanding of how they apply to your particular industry. There is usually a difference in threats that affect specific industries. For example, threats that may be a top priority in the health care industry, may not even be on the radar of a company within the financial sector.

IND’s Solution

You may be starting to feel overwhelmed by all that goes into an effective log management system, and may be looking for some guidance before shelling out money for all these services. The professionals at IND corporation have built a specialized cybersecurity scanning solution that injects your log data to provide relevant reports and alerts per your industry. Let’s take a quick look at some of the industries and benefits to using IND’s Cyber-Security SIEM scanning solution.

  • From a compliance perspective, file/user integrity monitoring can be established
  • These sectors are highly regulated and require intensive log awareness to remain compliant. Industries that would benefit most include:
    • Governments
    • Financial
    • Healthcare
    • Education
    • Industrial
  • From a security perspective, alerts can be configured to detect malicious or fraudulent activity.

 

IND’s trained team is well-versed in all different industries to help fine tune our solution to your specific needs. Reach out to our dedicated team to learn more!