With the number and size of the logs generated on Windows networks, it is best practice to use higher level tools to aggregate and analyze them.
Due to the number and size of the logs generated on Windows networks, it is best practice to use higher level tools to aggregate and analyze them. Using an event Log analyzer makes it easier to find indications of reliability issues and flags that warn of security problems. In addition log file collection, archiving, analysis and reporting is required to meet regulatory compliance mandates imposed by HIPAA, SOX, FISMA, PCI, MiFID, Basel II and others. For instance, HIPAA regulations mandate six years of log retention.
There are five types of Windows Event Logs: Application events, Security-related events, Setup events, System events and Forwarded events. A Windows Event Log analyzer parses all types of Windows logs for text, error patterns and distinct error codes that show current and possible future problems. A best-in-class Windows log analyzer will also parse legacy and custom log formats.
An event log analyzer should be a key component of your infrastructure strategy. With an event log management solution like WhatsUp Log Management, you can analyze logs, secure your network, reduce risks and liabilities, respond faster to security threats and network outages, and automate the administration of collecting and archiving logs.