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Log Management  

Rolling with Your Logs, Part 3: Using Regex to Expand Your Search Options

In this final installment of our Log Search series, we’ll look at some simple regular expressions that will greatly expand your Log Search options.…

Rolling with Your Logs, Part 2: Advanced Mode Searches

In the Part 2 of this three-part series on InsightIDR Log Search, we will cover three concepts: parsed logs, groupby function, and log search operations.…

Rolling with Your Logs, Part 1: Your Guide to Log Search in InsightIDR

In the first installment of this series, we'll cover the three most important basics of log search, then run through a few common Simple Mode searches.…

Taking a Message-Based Approach to Logging

When you think about it, a log entry is really nothing more than a message that describes an event. As such, taking a message-based approach to logging by utilizing messaging technologies makes sense. Messaging creates the loose coupling that allows a logging system to be…

6 Best Practices for Effective IT Troubleshooting

System monitoring and troubleshooting can be a time-consuming and frustrating activity. It’s not unusual for IT folks to spend hours finding and fixing a problem that could have been resolved in 10 minutes had better troubleshooting tools and processes been in place. Improving IT…

3 Steps to Building an Effective Log Management Policy

You’re on Call Duty. You’re awoken in the middle of the night by your cell phone in the throes of an SMS frenzy. You’re getting hundreds of messages from your company’s logging service: a record is being written to a database,…

5 Ways to Use Log Data to Analyze System Performance

Analyzing System Performance Using Log Data Recently we examined some of the most common behaviors that our community of 25,000 users looked for in their logs, with a particular focus on web server logs. In fact, our research identified the top 15 web server…

What is Syslog?

This post has been written by Dr. Miao Wang, a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Performance Engineering Lab at University College Dublin. This post is the first in a multi-part series of posts on the many options for collecting and forwarding log data from different platforms…

Active vs. Passive Server Monitoring

Server monitoring is a requirement, not a choice. It is used for your entire software stack, web-based enterprise suites, custom applications, e-commerce sites, local area networks, etc. Unmonitored servers are lost opportunities for optimization, difficult to maintain, more unpredictable, and more prone to failure. While…

12 Days of HaXmas: The Gift of Endpoint Visibility and Log Analytics

Merry HaXmas to you! Each year we mark the 12 Days of HaXmas with 12 blog posts on hacking-related topics and roundups from the year. This year, we're highlighting some of the “gifts” we want to give back to the community. And while these gifts…

Announcing InsightOps - Pioneering Endpoint Visibility and Log Analytics

Our mission at Rapid7 is to solve complex security and IT challenges with simple, innovative solutions. Late last year Logentries joined the Rapid7 family to help to drive this mission. The Logentries technology itself had been designed to reveal the power of log data to…

User Behavior Analytics and Privacy: It's All About Respect

When I speak with prospects and customers about incident detection and response (IDR), I'm almost always discussing the technical pros and cons. Companies look to Rapid7 to combine user behavior analytics (UBA) with endpoint detection and log search to spot malicious behavior in their environment.…

Log Search Simplified

Hi, I'm Laura, UX Designer at Logentries and today I'm going to discuss how just about anyone can use Logentries to search and analyze their log data no matter what their job title or technical skill level. What is Logentries? At Logentries, the team works…

Using Log Data as Forensic Evidence

This is a guest post by Ed Tittel. Ed, a regular contributor to blog.logentries.com, has been writing about information security topics since the mid-1990s. He contributed to the first five editions of the CISSP Study Guide (Sybex, 6e, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-119-31427-3) and to…

Nexpose Logging Analytics using LogEntries

This blog shows how to use the power of LogEntries Search and Analytics to monitor your Nexpose installation. LogEntries has joined the Rapid7 family and offers several powerful capabilities to search, analyze, monitor and alert on your Nexpose installation. LogEntries is also super easy to…