Effective audit log management supports compliance, accountability, and security.
An Audit log is essentially a record of events and changes. IT devices across your network create logs based on events. Audit logs are records of these event logs, typically regarding a sequence of activities or a specific activity. Audit logs vary significantly between devices, applications, and operating systems but typically, they capture events by recording who did something, what they did, and how the system responded.
Audit logs take note of just about every change within a system, providing a complete track record of your system’s operations. Therefore, audit logs are a valuable resource for admins and auditors who want to examine suspicious activity on a network or diagnose and troubleshoot issues. These audit logs can give an administrator invaluable insight into what behaviour is normal and what isn’t. A log file event, for example, will show what activity was attempted and whether it succeeded. This can be useful when identifying whether a system has been compromised by a bad actor looking to undertake cyber crime or fraud.
Advantages of an audit log:
• Improving security by providing records of all IT activity, including suspicious activity
• Risk management – they let you show partners, customers, and regulators you’re taking measures to prevent issues before they occur.
• Proving compliance with common regulations especially privacy
• Gaining insight for network engineers, help desk staff, developers, and administrators who are likely to use log audits to boost performance, increase accountability, and keep the system stable.