Blaenau Gwent County Council is implementing a log management, log analysis and event management solution from LogRhythm.


The new solution will make it easier for Blaenau Gwent to comply with the UK Government Connect Secure Extranet (GCSx) initiative, while also improving the overall running of the network.


Until now, Blaenau Gwent had been managing its log data manually, running daily downloads so that the information was available should any network incident need investigating.  The council recognised that it wasn't particularly efficient so decided to implement a centralised log management system.


Steve Hopes, information security officer, Blaenau Gwent County Council, said: “Manually recording log data meant that while there would be a historical record of network activity, searching for it would take considerable time.


“We realised that a centralised logging solution would not only speed up the search process but could also proactively identify unprecedented events when they happen.  We considered developing our own solution using Open Source but when we discovered LogRhythm, we realised that because it is pre-configured, it could become operational much more quickly and bring immediate benefits.” 


Blaenau Gwent is halfway through full installation of LogRhythm and is already virtually GCSx compliant as a result.  As such, the council is now turning its attention to how the system can assist in other areas of its IT operation. 


Ross Brewer, vice president and managing director, LogRhythm EMEA, said: “Blaenau Gwent is another example of the momentum that LogRhythm is seeing within the public sector as a growing number of local authorities recognise the value that the technology can add both from a GCSx perspective and from a general IT best practice point of view.”