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

A Windows Log Analyzer is a program or application that is used to perform analysis of log data. Log analysis involves parsing different Windows logs for text and error patterns and distinct error codes that show current and possible future problems to an administrator. A Windows log analyzer helps with parsing logs because these programs can import and analyze and locate similar error codes in many different sets of logs from PCs across the network.

Log analysis is necessary in order to determine network and PC reliability issues, errors that show reasons for downtime and any security problems. Log analysis is the task of the network administrator, but due to the nature of Windows logs – the number of logs generated and the large amount of data involved – many administrators use software to help analyze Windows logs.

Being able to analyze large numbers of Windows logs is necessary for security audits, quickly finding issues with uptime and maintenance and providing the necessary data from logs to generate reports for regulatory compliance.

There are many different software packages that offer log analysis, and administers need to decide what functions are necessary to work with logs. Administrators need to be able to deal with different file formats and legacy systems, among other issues.

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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