Log management is a pillar of security information and event management (SIEM), and is critical to any organization’s security strategy. Logs document every event that occurs on your network, and therefore have the power to inform you about various security incidents.

But, like all great things, log management is not easily achieved. Thankfully, there are solutions like EventLog Analyzer that make the job easy for you by centrally managing millions of logs from your network. But what exactly does log management involve? It’s a pretty vast subject that covers several processes, including:

  • Log collection: Connecting to hundreds of heterogeneous devices on your network and collecting their logs in a central location.
  • Log normalization: Converting logs from multiple formats to a standard format, which makes analysis easier.
  • Log analysis: Extracting useful information from logs and generating reports and alerts, or facilitating in-depth log searches.
  • Log archival: Storing logs until they are no longer required.
  • Compliance: Ensuring compliance with the policies set forth by regulatory bodies.

At face value, these processes may sound simple. However, if you dig a little deeper into any one of them, you’ll find yourself hitting multiple roadblocks. How do you conduct effective forensic investigations with your log information? Can you use your logs to predict events that haven’t happened yet? Are your logs secure at all stages of the log management process?

Post your log management queries on the ManageEngine community

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, we invite you to come discuss them with us. On March 14th and 15th, our product experts will answer any questions you may have about EventLog Analyzer, or even about the SIEM industry in general. Head on over to our forum and post your thoughts, questions, and ideas. We look forward to reading your posts and diving into conversation with you all!