The Benefits of Using ADAudit Plus for Event Log Archiving and Management
November 2, 2023
Where Are Archived Event Logs Stored?
Having archived event logs can help organizations meet security and compliance requirements. However, storing these files can be expensive as they consume large amount of storage space.
The best way to deal with this is to use a tool like ADAudit Plus which automatically does archiving and real-time security log management. It also helps in addressing issues like overwriting of archives and forensic analysis.
Event log files contain a great deal of information. They can be used to locate, view, analyze and troubleshoot system and application issues. However, the sheer volume of data that is constantly being generated can make this process cumbersome and time consuming.
Automating this process is essential for ensuring that all relevant and required events are captured, stored and reviewed. Using an automated tool like ADAudit Plus allows for real-time collection of security event logs, and also provides a repository for historical archived events.
You can configure the settings for your security log so that, when the maximum file size limit is reached, a new file opens automatically. This is important to ensure that incriminating evidence doesn’t get overwritten. In addition, you can enable remote logging of events so that incriminating evidence is never written to or stored on the logged machine. This is a critical step that should be taken to protect against hackers, who often target the Security Log to obtain incriminating evidence.
Many IT managers use third-party software to archive event logs and other syslog data from their Windows servers. These solutions are typically scheduled to run at night to gather all of the current event log records, clear and archive them, then read the archives and store them centrally in a database.
Archived events in the system log include those logged by system components, such as drivers. The system log also includes events logged by system tools, such as the DNS Server, Active Directory, and File Replication Service logs. The operating system predetermines the types of events that are included in the system log.
When the maximum size of the system log is exceeded, the old events are overwritten with new ones. The same procedure applies to the other event logs. To change the maximum size of a specific log, modify its registry setting. To view archived data, change an archive schedule, or restore a restored record, navigate to All > System Archiving > Archive Tables.
In the case of a security incident, the event logs can be examined to discern whether the problem occurred because of an operating system or application error. This type of forensic analysis can also be used to replay the sequence of events leading up to a damaging action.
In addition to event logs, other types of forensic data can be collected on an endpoint. These include full file listings, registry hives and Apple unified logs.
These forensic artifacts can be collected in a Forensic Search and saved to a search collection. A search can be tagged by an investigator to categorize the data that was collected and used for analysis purposes. Forensic artifacts that have been tagged are displayed in the Tagged Items page. Tagged items display details about the forensic artifact including the date and time it was tagged, the user account associated with the tag and the underlying data summary. You can view and edit the tags for any of the forensic artifacts in a search collection.
Every system in your network generates some type of event log. Windows systems create event log files, while UNIX-based servers and networking devices use the system logging protocol (syslog). Web application servers like Apache or IIS also produce event logs, as do Load Balancers, Firewalls, Content Security appliances, and other IT infrastructure components.
These logs contain a wealth of information. When combined with other system data, event logs help you troubleshoot problems, monitor performance, and identify trends. This is important for maintaining system reliability and security.
Many standards and regulations require organizations to archive event logs to provide an audit trail for incident response and forensic analysis. Using an ELM tool that automatically gathers and archives event logs from every server and workstation in your network helps meet these requirements. This approach also reduces the burden on system engineers, and improves data integrity by removing the human element from the process. The ability to store event logs as both database records and compressed flat files offers an additional benefit for compliance purposes. The compressed format allows for long-term storage of logs while minimizing storage costs.