In a computing context, a log is the automatically produced and time-stamped documentation of events relevant to a particular system. An event log manager (ELM) tracks changes in an organisation’s IT infrastructure. These changes are reflected in audit trails that must be produced for a compliance audit.
Computer networks all around the world generate daily records of events occurring in their system. Some events are routine while others indicate potential security breaches or weak network health. Event log files consist of log information that can help organizations reduce their exposure against malware, intruders, damages and legal obligations.

Centralised event log management and monitoring through a tool like Castlepoint helps an organisation audit, monitor and report every file access, policy change, unauthorised access by a user or any activity involving breach of personal information such as financial data, employee details or patient records.