Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions are widely deployed to protect networks from internal and external threats. They provide alerting and reporting capabilities based on sophisticated event correlation analysis, but these analyses are only as good as the data collected from devices and applications.

syslog-ng is the log management solution that improves the performance of your SIEM solution by reducing the amount and improving the quality of data feeding your SIEM.

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Challenges

Data reliability issues

Companies struggle to make sense of log data received in varying formats. Unreliable collection can lead to incomplete data.

High TCO

SIEM solutions are often very expensive to purchase, implement and maintain both in terms of financial investment and internal resources.

Performance issues

Large networks produce massive amounts of logs from a wide variety of devices and applications. Many SIEMs become overloaded with data, leading to searches that take hours.

Scalability issues

IT networks are continually growing both in terms of the amount of log sources and log data. Extending current solutions can be difficult and expensive.

Why syslog-ng

Distributed pre-processing

syslog-ng can filter and normalize log data on clients at unparalleled speed to reduce the size and complexity of log data stored centrally. Filtering unimportant log messages that do not need to be analyzed also reduces the load on the SIEM, saving both processing power and license costs.

Reliable log transfer

syslog-ng can ensure zero message loss during transport from clients to the central log server using TCP for transmission, the Reliable Log Transfer Protocol (RLTP ™) for application acknowledgment, a client-side disk buffer, and client-side failover for network outages.

Centralized collection

syslog-ng can be installed on over 50 platforms including a wide variety of Linux, UNIX, HP, IBM, Microsoft Windows, and Solaris variations.

Tamper-proof transfer and storage

syslog-ng uses SSL/TLS encryption to transfer logs and store them an encrypted, compressed and time-stamped log store.

Easy-to-plan licensing model

syslog-ng licensing is based on the number of hosts sending logs, not the amount of data being processed or stored. Increase in the rate or the total amount of your log data will not increase your license costs.

Benefits

Better SIEM performance

Reducing the size and complexity of log data can dramatically improve search times.

Using granular policies based on log file types and compliance requirements, retention and detection can be achieved easily and reliably.

Higher quality data

Tamper-proof, securely archived logs in their raw format can be used in legal proceedings.

Increased confidence in analytics

Being certain that logs aren’t missing or haven’t been tampered with increases the confidence in the results of SIEM.

Cost-effective scalability

Expanding log management infrastructure is more easily planned with a predictable, host-based license model.

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