Best Practices

Windows Log Management

Windows log analysis should be a standard IT practice regardless of company size and sector.   

Simplifying log forensics and security audits for IT engineers and Admins

Every day, computers in your network are generating thousands of records of the events. Some are routine. Others are indicators of a decline in network health or of attempted security breaches which require immediate attention. A Windows Log Analyzer is an application used to analyze large volumes of log data for troubleshooting, log forensics or security audits. Log analysis involves parsing different Windows logs across many systems for the text and error patterns and distinct error codes that show current and possible future problems. A Windows log analyzer helps with parsing logs because these programs can centrally import and help you analyze large volumes of logs, to help you locate similar error codes across sets of PCs logs in your network.

Windows log analysis should be a standard IT practice regardless of company size and sector. However, due to the the number of logs generated and the enormous amount of data involved–log analysis for Windows networks can be daunting.

The Ipswitch WhatsUp Log Management Suite is a modular set of log management software designed to help you automatically collect, analyze, monitor, alert and report on both Windows and Syslog files for near real-time security event detection and response, data forensics and historical compliance assurance–such as with mandates imposed by HIPAA, SOX, FISMA, PCI, MiFID, Basel II and others.

You can filter, analyze and report on log data to verify the success of internal security policies, demonstrate regulatory compliance, and spot check and review log files much faster to quickly respond to an emergency incident. And you can track, alert and report on commonly audited event types (i.e., access and permission changes to files, folders, and objects containing financial, customer or compliance data, object access attempts, login failures, etc.) to quickly detect unauthorized activity and security threats.

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