[ISN] NIST releases standards for security logs

From: InfoSec News (isn@private)
Date: Sun Apr 30 2006 - 22:42:15 PDT


By Wade-Hahn Chan
Apr. 28, 2006 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released technical 
guidelines on how federal agencies should manage security logs. The 
guidelines cover log generation, transmission, storage, analysis and 

The guidelines, NIST Special Publication 800-92: Guide to Computer 
Security Log Management [1], include suggestions for creating a log 
management policy, prioritizing log files and creating a centralized 
log management infrastructure to include all hardware, software, 
networks and media.

The 64-page document notes that agencies must deal with larger 
quantities, volumes and varieties of security logs. They also must 
comply with a growing number of legislative requirements such as the 
Federal Information Security Management Act and the Health Insurance 
Portability and Accountability Act.

[1] http://csrc.ncsl.nist.gov/publications/drafts/DRAFT-SP800-92.pdf

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