Log management experts from Dell
SecureWorks have co-written, with another security expert, a basic,
fundamental book on computer network logs for IT administrators.
and Log Management: The Authoritative Guide to Understanding the
Concepts Surrounding Logging and Log Management" is written in
simple terms for new system administrators, application developers, IT
managers, and anyone else who may be interested in keeping track of and
understanding logs that are constantly created on company computer
"My co-writers and I find that so many people we meet collect logs but
don't know how to use them as wisely as they could," said Kevin Schmidt,
a senior manager of engineering at Dell SecureWorks, who co-wrote the
book with SecureWorks colleague Christopher Phillips and Anton A.
Chuvakin, Ph.D., a former independent security consultant and now a research
director at Gartner. "We wrote this book so it would be easy for most
anyone with a technical background to understand how to reap the full
benefits of logs to hep protect their networks."
The guide explains how to plan, build and use a log collection and
management system, and describes how to collect, analyze and store log
data. Readers will also learn how to develop a tailor-made incident
response plan based around log data. Other topics include authentication
and authorization reports, cloud logging, manual log analysis, and
Ben Rothke, an information security manager who also reviews books on
digital security for Security
Management magazine and Slashdot,
said the authors "bring significant real-world experience to the reader"
and show "how to maximize the gold that often lays hidden in your large
stores of log data."
Logs are digital fingerprints of everything that happens within a
company's network and its systems, and create a trail of all users and
resource activities. In addition to alerting IT administrators to
suspicious activity within their organization's network, Log
data and monitoring can be used to attain and maintain compliance
regulations for different industries.
Co-writer Phillips is a manager and senior software developer at Dell
SecureWorks. Chuvakin is a recognized security expert in the field of
log management, SIEM, and PCI DSS compliance.
About Dell SecureWorks:
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative
technology and services that give them the power to do more. Recognized
as an industry leader by top analysts, Dell SecureWorks provides
world-class information security services to help organizations of all
sizes protect their IT assets, comply with regulations and reduce
security costs. For more information, visit www.dell.com/secureworks.
Dell and SecureWorks are trademarks of Dell Inc.
Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.
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