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What is log monitoring?

Log files are data files that provide detailed information about how systems, applications and servers are used within a network.

Log monitoring is the process by which an organization can collect and observe log files from various different sources in order to detect malicious activity and take remedial action.

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Why is log monitoring important?

By using log file monitoring tools, it is possible to spot unusual activity within a network, diagnose if it is a credible threat and take any necessary action.

For example, if your logs are showing that there has been multiple failed login attempts for an administrator account, you can investigate this further to identify if a hacker is attempting a brute-force cyberattack.

An advanced log monitoring platform, such as the one used in Defense.com™, can help you effectively manage your logs and identify security threats.

Log monitoring in Defense.com

Monitor your logs, understand your attack surface and detect unusual network activity, all from a single, easy-to-use dashboard.

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Protect your business

Maintain a complete overview of logs from all areas of your network and detect potential attacks.

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Advanced log filtering

Use filters to narrow down the number of logs and only focus on the data you need, saving time and resources.

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Get alerted to threats

Create custom log runbooks to group queries together and automatically generate threat notifications.

The most comprehensive security packages available

Enterprise security shouldn’t have to be expensive, so we include many powerful features as standard.

Security analysts search your systems’ logs to provide real-time analysis of security alerts from your network and applications, including Office365. Choose our full managed service for 24/7 proactive protection.
Without full awareness of your assets, it’s impossible to know the real risks. Your Asset Tracker makes it simple to identify and keep track of all the operating systems and devices used within your business.
Advanced anti-virus and anti-malware gives you peace of mind that every workstation, server and mailbox is protected at all times.
Evaluate your external-facing systems for security vulnerabilities with expert testers who work with you to strengthen your security perimeter. Easily track your results and remediations from your Threat Dashboard.
Train your staff to spot malicious emails and test your incident response plan regularly with our easy-to-use phishing campaign tool. Fully managed phishing campaigns can also be built to suit your own tailored requirements (Business package only).
It’s best practice to run regular vulnerability scans to complement your pen testing schedule. This feature makes it easy for you to schedule regular scans or perform a quick on-demand test.
Live data from penetration tests, VA scans and threat intelligence against your assets, feeds into a central dashboard showing you exactly where your critical risks lie and the severity of each threat.
Engaging video training that covers all the essential security topics is combined together with exams to ensure your staff are fully trained and tested. In addition, you can get access to live instructor-led training from fully qualified security experts.

Support is always on-hand

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Security consultants will be on-hand to help you strategize, set action plans and review policies.

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Around the clock support to ensure you are getting the best protection from every feature.

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24/7 emergency support for security events, cyber incidents, and data breaches.

Frequently Asked Questions

Log file monitoring is the process of collecting and observing log files from operations with your network. These data files provide detailed information from operating systems, servers and applications, and enable organizations to effectively monitor devices across their network.

These log files could come from many different sources, including:

  • Security logs
  • Office 365 user activity logs
  • Domain Name System (DNS) logs
  • Application logs
  • System logs
  • And many more

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) services, such as the one included in Defense.com™, allow you to collect, observe, filter and analyze log files and detect malicious activity inside your network.

Unlike other, traditional log monitoring services, with Defense.com™ there is no limit on the number of logs you send to us. The only limitation is the number of nodes you are sending logs from, which means you don’t need to worry about log counts.

Check out our pricing page for more information about how many nodes are included with each Defense.com™ package.

With Defense.com™ your logs will be stored for up to a year, enabling you to maintain compliance and give you the peace of mind that your log data can be investigated retrospectively if needed.

Defense.com™ Professional, Business and Enterprise packages include advanced log file monitoring capabilities as standard, enabling you to self-manage your logs and security alerts from a single dashboard.

If you would prefer a fully managed solution, our Business and Enterprise packages also include a managed log monitoring (SIEM) service. Our team of trained SOC analysts will provide 24/7 threat monitoring, proactively investigate any risks and notify you if there is a security concern.

Click here to find out more about Defense.com™ packages.

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