syslog-ng Store Box 5.2.0 - User Guide

Preface

Welcome to the syslog-ng Store Box 5.2.0 User Guide.

This document describes how to use the syslog-ng Store Box (SSB). Background information for the technology and concepts used by the product are also discussed.

Target audience and prerequisites

This guide is intended for auditors, consultants, and security experts responsible for auditing, monitoring, and troubleshooting applications and server administration processes. It is also useful for IT decision makers looking for a tool to improve the security and auditability of their servers, or to help compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Basel II, or the Payment Card Industry (PCI) standard.

Introduction

This chapter introduces the syslog-ng Store Box (SSB), discussing how and why it is useful, and what benefits it offers to an existing IT infrastructure.

What SSB is

SSB is a device that collects, processes, stores, monitors, and manages log messages. It is a central log server appliance that can receive system (syslog and eventlog) log messages and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) messages from your network devices and computers, store them in a trusted and signed logstore, automatically archive and back up the messages, and also classify the messages using artificial ignorance.

The most notable features of SSB are as follows:

  • Secure log collection using Transport Layer Security (TLS).

  • Trusted, encrypted, and timestamped storage.

  • Ability to collect log messages from a wide range of platforms, including Linux, Unix, BSD, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, IBM System i, as well as Microsoft Windows.

  • Forwards messages to log analyzing engines.

  • Classifies messages using customizable pattern databases for real-time log monitoring, alerting, and artificial ignorance.

  • High Availability (HA) support to ensure continuous log collection in business-critical environments.

  • Real-time log monitoring and alerting.

  • Retrieves group memberships of the administrators and users from a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) database.

  • Strict, yet easily customizable access control to grant users access only to selected log messages.

  • Ability to search log data in multiple logspaces, whether on the same SSB applicance or located on a different appliance, even in a remote location.

SSB is configured and managed from any modern web browser that supports HTTPS connections, JavaScript, and cookies.

Supported browsers:

Mozilla Firefox 52 ESR

We also test SSB on the following, unsupported browsers. The features of SSB are available and usable on these browsers as well, but the look and feel might be different from the supported browsers. Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, and the currently available version of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

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