Research has shown that 99 per cent of companies are collecting data logs or are planning to implement log management.


LogLogic and the SANS Institute found that the use of log data has proliferated in recent years, with a rise of take up from 56 per cent in 2007. An emerging trend in log use is the integration of log management with security information event monitoring and database activity monitoring, with 81 per cent of respondents indicating they believe integration was important.


Dominique Levin, EVP of marketing and strategy for LogLogic, said: “As log management has become ubiquitous and logs are demonstrating their value for multiple security and operations purposes, implementing an effective log management strategy has become a necessity of vital importance to organisations of all sizes.”


Collected logs are now being used for a variety of purposes including event detection (91 per cent of respondents), tracking suspicious behaviour and user activity monitoring (74 per cent), day-to-day IT operations (67 per cent), regulatory compliance (53 per cent) and information leak prevention (28 per cent).


Deb Radcliff, editor of the SANS analysts program, said: “Organisations are taking lessons from publicised data breaches—for example, the recent FTC ruling against, where log management could have been used to detect the leakage of personally identifiable information.”