March 11, 2020 Last updated March 11th, 2020 1,007 Reads share

The Right Way to Log for Your Business

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A key part of any organization’s comprehensive network security and operations is a windows syslog analyzer by Loggly. Whenever there’s a performance problem or critical issue, administrators turn to syslog’s to troubleshoot problems with firewalls, routers, servers, switches and more. When you can do these tasks in real-time, you can bolster security, boost performance and minimize downtime.

One common challenge that arises for IT managers is having to search through reams of logs in order to identify a solitary problem. That kind of chore usually turns into a worthless exercise that contributes almost nothing to the final goal. It’s always helpful for IT professionals to review the three goals of syslog management and to remind themselves of the definition of efficient management. Here’s a summary of those two topics and how it relates to the organization.

The Three Goals

The trio of goals for IT administrators covers the efficient use of time, threat detection, and minimizing interruptions. IT admins are always on the hunt for tools and applications that will allow them to reduce and constantly minimize downtime. The popular saying, “time is money,” is truer in the information technology field than anywhere else. Downtime is lost time and lost time is lost revenue. Love it or hate it, that’s the equation that upper management uses when they think about system downtime.

When a manager uses a real-time program to uncover and identify threats, the efficiency of incident management immediately goes up. Anything less than real-time means you’re fighting battles and enemies that have already infiltrated your systems. That usually means they’ll be harder to remove or fix. Business interruptions are the bugaboo of every organization. The IT leader’s task, among others, is to minimize the number of interruptions and lessen the severity of the ones that do occur. It all goes back to the adage about money, which applies in excess here. An interrupted system means one that is, essentially, not working.

What Is Efficient Syslog Management?

Efficiency, in terms of logging tasks, entails four things: correlation, alerts, functional dashboards, and reports that can be used out-of-the-box. As for that last category, the better open-source and retail analyzers offer more than 1,000 reports that admins can use as they wish. In addition, search for products that allow for customization of reports so that you can build new ones based on unique or one-off situations. That way, if you ever want to create a report that includes, for example, nothing but the event type, source and severity, you can do it.

Dashboards need to be intuitive, clear and informative. The more graphical, the better. Managers want to look at the board and instantly interpret what they see. When you can spot security threats and various operational challenges on the dashboard, you’re already one step ahead of the problems. When alerts arrive in real-time, as noted above, you know where you stand and have the ability to keep small problems from becoming larger ones. Additionally, there’s a need for inbound syslog’s to undergo a correlation that is based on specific rules.

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