Perlunya integrasi manajemen log sekuriti dan network (SOC+NOC)

The emergence of Enterprise 2.0 with social, mobile, local, and cloud applications within the enterprise has increased IT operational challenges. Other trends, such as bring your own device (BYOD), coupled with multiple operating systems, vendors, etc. are adding to the complexity in IT operations. Your customers and employees are demanding an open platform that can facilitate better collaboration. However, your IT operations may not be in a position to support Enterprise 2.0 or BYOD due to security issues or resource constraints. So, how do you align your business requirements and IT resources in a safe and secure manner?


The convergence of IT and security operations has been an ongoing effort in most enterprises. The benefits of this convergence are clear to many organizations that need to optimize resources, lower cost, increase efficiency in both groups, and deliver an open and secure platform for communication and collaboration.

This white paper explains how you can seamlessly integrate log management into IT operations as a starting point of a security operation center (SOC)/network operation center (NOC). The SOC/NOC integration empowers your organization to effectively manage your IT infrastructure, while keeping it safe.

Let us understand the type of data that these two groups collect and analyze, and how it can be used in context. The actionable knowledge from this data is derived from the security and operations context.

“The SOC/NOC integration empowers your organization to effectively manage your IT infrastructure, while keeping it safe.”

IT operations: Handle IT incidents and performance issues
IT operations monitor, consolidate, and correlate performance events of the IT infrastructure through a single pane of glass (unified console). This helps identify the root cause, conduct impact analysis, isolate IT issues, and effectively correct incidents all through a single interface.
IT operations typically have predefined policies to capture exceptions, performance issues, or IT incidents across applications and network devices. These incidents are correlated and rolled up to business service views to facilitate prioritization based on impact of the event.
The integration of IT operations with other tools such as a centralized Configuration Management Database (CMDB) provides the service context to node topology. By seamlessly connecting with the service management tools, an IT operations group can create service tickets to correct the IT incident, therefore helping IT operations align with the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) process and deliver best practices.

Problems that arise when IT operations need to scale
As the size of the managed environment grows, the monitoring of events from the infrastructure elements becomes harder. IT operators rely on event reduction techniques such as correlation engines, or limit either the breadth or depth of data collection to only machine data from business-critical applications. The machine data collected is typically not categorized or normalized, and there are no tools to search events or logs. The data is also retained for the short term and may not fulfill the need to keep services up and running at all times. This short-term retention of data limits the intelligence in the system as events fixed and annotated a few months ago may not be stored to retrieve. The alternate option is to invest in expensive databases and resources to manage the data.
In many organizations, security operations work in silos. As a result, security vulnerabilities have to be handled twice: once by the SOC groups or security teams; and then again by the IT operations team that could not initially identify the issue. Consequently, you cannot establish any automation for information sharing or event correlation between security vulnerabilities and performance issues. Let us see how some of these automation challenges can be addressed between security and IT operations. A good starting point is to understand the tools available to manage the data comprehensively from a security, risk, compliance, and operations standpoint, while being able to integrate them with existing IT operations.

Log management: Universal log data collection, aggregation, analysis, and retention
Log management is a process of collection of logs from any device, aggregation of logs into a single searchable format, analysis of logs through data enrichment, and long-term retention of log data. Log management is primarily driven by security and IT GRC (governance, risk, and compliance) requirements, while adding a security context to all the log data.

Effective log management helps in quick resolution of fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and security (FCAPS) issues. It is estimated that only a small percentage of mission-critical application downtime is caused by technology/environmental failure or a natural disaster, whereas a majority is caused by people or process failures. Part of this majority of downtime is caused by cyber security issues, and the larger part is correlated to poor change and application management. Since log management maintains an audit trail of comprehensive machine data for a long time, forensic analysis and faster resolution of IT incidents is made simpler.

Log management solutions collect both structured and unstructured raw data from any log-generating source. All types of machine data from any source in various formats is collected and aggregated. Logs from “in-house” applications, custom, or new applications can also be extracted easily. The log management is both broad and deep in data collection.

The logs collected in various formats are then consolidated through a process of aggregation, where it is typically converted into a single format. This common event format helps logs to categorize data into logical groups such as firewall or router data, irrespective of vendor-specific details. The log data is enriched with metadata so that domain experts don’t need to search or interpret logs. For instance, the log data coming in from all firewall devices goes through the normalization and categorization process. Hence, irrespective of whether Cisco calls it “Deny” or Check Point calls it “Drop,” the metadata always puts it in the “/Failure” category, and identifies it automatically as firewall devices.

The logs in common event format are indexed for simple and ultra-fast searching at over million events per second through a simple user interface. A keyword search such as “Firewall AND Failure” searches for the failed login attempts on all firewall devices across the network in seconds. Without normalization, the same report would have taken several hours worth of research and collaboration between various domain experts.

This log data, both raw and in common format, is archived using high compression rates, and can be retained for a number of years in flat file format reducing the cost and complexity of log data management. This unified data can be used for searching, indexing, archiving, analysis, reporting, and IT audit. The data sent to a correlation engine for instance can identify patterns and security vulnerabilities based on the built-in security and compliance rules. Once these threats are identified, the integration with other tools, such as service management tools can use the same unified data to prevent and correct threats and IT incidents. Let us see how this unified data is beneficial to IT operations tools and provides security context to operations data.

Better together: Log management and IT operations
Integrating log management solution and IT operations is mutually beneficial to both organizations. With the increasing number of cyber attacks, it is critical to share the tools and knowledge between security and IT operations as many organizations cannot detect breach until it is too late.

The Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) of 2012 conducted by Verizon, states that 98 percent of the data breaches come from external agents. 97 percent of those breaches could have been avoided by implementing simple controls like a log management solution.

Of all the breaches that were studied, 92 percent were reported by third parties. It is an embarrassment to organizations if they do not detect a breach in their internal system. Log management plays a critical role within the organization to detect and share knowledge about security threats that can be prevented through IT operations.

“92 percent of the data breaches were detected by third parties.”
Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) of 2012 conducted by Verizon

Why integrate log management with IT operations?
We have seen that a comprehensive log management approach to understanding machine data from a security, risk, compliance, and operations viewpoint helps the organizations manage their IT better. Let us see the advantages of comprehensive log management:
• Collection of logs from any log-generating source, in any format, using agent or agentless collection
• Categorization and normalization of the log data to filter, parse, and enrich the events
• Aggregation of logs into an indexed, common event format for search capabilities
• Bing/GoogleTM like search capability for the IT operations team to search past events without vendor-specific keywords
• Long retention of events, and easy access of those events for audit purposes
• Forensic investigation of incidents
• Seamless integration into security correlation engine to take events from IT operations and check for false positives
• Configure security metrics onto the IT operations console
• Addition of security threat and vulnerability use cases for IT operations
• Automated compliance reporting

Why integrate IT operations tool with log management?
Now that we’ve seen that comprehensive log management helps IT operations add security and risk context to machine data, let us see the advantages of adding IT operation tools to the SOC.
• Provide business context for security incidents for event prioritization
• Automate the prevention and correction of security incidents
• Visualize impact of security incidents on business services
• Visualize root cause and isolate network devices affected by service incidents
• Create service tickets for security incidents
• Add security metrics to the high-level IT operations dashboard

The convergence of data helps IT operations to get the security context on the IT incidents along with a broader and deeper monitoring of IT infrastructure through comprehensive log management. The convergence ultimately helps you answer the questions such as, “Who caused the performance degradation of IT operations and why?” and “Was the performance degradation caused by user load or by a cyber attack?”

Gartner report on log management for IT Operations (July 2011) suggests that shared infrastructure saves a significant amount of money and adds access to a broader set of log data sources. The report also suggested that IT operations should have access to log management infrastructure for search and analytics.

Both security and IT operations need to collect, store, and analyze events logged by a common set of critical event data sources. Although the interpretation of these events is different, the actionable response to these events needs to be unified. A patch solution or point solutions may not be comprehensive. However, choosing a single vendor that exhibits seamless integration makes your IT align with business and keep it secure.

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