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A Log Collection Solution Your Company Can Trust

NXLog

Security is the word on the tip of the tongues of multinational corporations and financial institutions worldwide, and rightfully so. As we are witnessing, every aspect of our business world is being forced to go digital or risk drowning in a sea of competitors. This means that there are more consumers and businesses online than ever before whose data needs to be secured. Data that constantly needs to be safeguarded from the unrelenting attempts of malicious parties to steal, destroy, or hold it ransom.

The numerous hacking incidents of the past year, if anything, are testaments to what can occur if tight measures are not put in place to secure the investments of thousands of companies, whose data has been exposed. Let us also not forget the tremendous blow they suffered to their reputation. In light of this, it is evident that businesses must take network security monitoring seriously and steer clear of the security pitfalls plaguing businesses today.

A well-designed log collection strategy can be a tremendous asset when you first start addressing such security concerns. However, even the best log collection strategy is rather meaningless without a robust, reputable log collection solution. Such a solution should not only be able to efficiently collect logs, it also should be capable of managing high data loads when business activity peaks, as well as being able to forward logs reliably over encrypted channels to secure, offsite locations if audits need to be performed. And finally, it needs to be flexible enough to support and seamlessly integrate with the myriad of technologies your business is already using.

Here at NXLog, we believe that these are the most important factors in choosing a log collection solution:

Reliability

Networking systems are comprised of many components that must work together in order to deliver a service or product. Be that as it may, many of these same systems are subject to hardware or software failures. As the saying goes, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” However, it’s important that data arrives safely at its destination. For this reason, your log collection solution must ensure not only that it safeguards your data, but its safe delivery as well. Such a solution should be reliable, meaning, it will resend data in case of delivery failure, but at the same time, avoid unnecessary data duplication.

Cost effectiveness

Cost is definitely a considerable factor in the log collection industry. So much so, that it is common for many SIEM providers to charge based on the volume of data ingested. In other words, many multinational corporations are facing exorbitant costs for logging their data while log volumes continue to reach new heights. Moreover, there is no escaping this expenditure because many companies are mandated to retain logs for specific lengths of time due to compliance standards. Beyond question, this is where the type of data a business collects becomes key. To reduce costs, businesses should collect only the log data they truly need while discarding irrelevant log noise that only bloats their logs and impedes searches for useful data. A log collection solution with features such as data compression, trimming, and log filtering can significantly reduce your operational overhead.

Efficiency and performance

Performance and efficiency go hand-in-hand. Therefore, it cannot go without mentioning that these two aspects play an important role in choosing the right log collection solution. Many organizations expect to manage limited resources and in doing so, keep usage at a minimum. However, it is a challenge to maintain performance standards if budgets are restrictive. Hence, it is crucial to invest in a high-performance log collection solution. Not only should it support buffering and caching, it should also be able to efficiently connect with log sources using their native APIs. Furthermore, it must be able to parse and processes data at the source prior to forwarding it over the network. Removing any overhead of unwanted or unfiltered data can significantly improve performance.

Versatility

Change is at the core of technology and for this reason it is essential to not only appreciate it, but to implement it. That being said, businesses need a log collection solution that can allow them to choose the application interface or integration most applicable to their own unique environment. This means, a logging solution that works seamlessly with Windows, Linux, or even macOS. It should support a variety of commonly-used logging formats and networking protocols. Furthermore, it should be able to forward logs directly to any SIEM or Log Analytics system. Providing this flexibility gives businesses the choice to choose the vendor best suited to their business needs.

Security

Security as previously mentioned, is extremely important today. In fact, companies go to great lengths to secure their networks, yet a 100 percent secure environment remains practically an unattainable goal. However, a log collection solution can play an important role. Hence, such a solution must support encrypted network communications, such as Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) and HTTPS so that message integrity and confidentiality remain intact. These features can help prevent data alteration, hacking, and other security threats as well as providing end-to-end encryption between endpoints.