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January 2007

How to setup and configure syslog to view and filter data

Your network devices are trying to tell you that you're under attack. Syslog helps you sort through the data overload to get the message. A key tenet of security is that, although prevention is ideal, detection is a must. And early detection is critical. Detecting an attack is like a spotting a fire -- it's easier to put out and damage will be minimal if you catch it at the start. Syslog for Windows Kiwi Enterprises' Kiwi Syslog Daemon is one of the most popular tools for enabling syslog on Windows devices. It is a fully functioning syslog server for Windows and can integrate across an entire network. Logs are the eyes and ears of your network; they capture events and tell you when fire breaks out. Whether it is building a firewall rule set, tuning an IDS or validating which ports should be open on a server, logs are going to give you the information you need to make these critical decisions -- if you are looking. It's practically impossible to wade through the volumes of log data produced by all your servers and network devices...

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