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Logging and Log Management

The Authoritative Guide to Understanding the Concepts Surrounding Logging and Log Management

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Logging and Log Management: The Authoritative Guide to Understanding the Concepts Surrounding Logging and Log Management introduces information technology professionals to the basic concepts of logging and log management. It provides tools and techniques to analyze log data and detect malicious activity.
The book consists of 22 chapters that cover the basics of log data; log data sources; log storage technologies; a case study on how syslog-ng is deployed in a real environment for log collection; covert logging; planning and preparing for the analysis log data; simple analysis techniques; and tools and techniques for reviewing logs for potential problems. The book also discusses statistical analysis; log data mining; visualizing log data; logging laws and logging mistakes; open source and commercial toolsets for log data collection and analysis; log management procedures; and attacks against logging systems. In addition, the book addresses logging for programmers; logging and compliance with regulations and policies; planning for log analysis system deployment; cloud logging; and the future of log standards, logging, and log analysis.
This book was written for anyone interested in learning more about logging and log management. These include systems administrators, junior security engineers, application developers, and managers.

  • Comprehensive coverage of log management including analysis, visualization, reporting and more
  • Includes information on different uses for logs -- from system operations to regulatory compliance
  • Features case Studies on syslog-ng and actual real-world situations where logs came in handy in incident response
  • Provides practical guidance in the areas of report, log analysis system selection, planning a log analysis system and log data normalization and correlation


On May 3 Craig Richards wrote: Excellent Review
This is my review of the book Logging and Log Management from O'Reilly. This is good book that explains about why you should be logging, and some ways to ensure you get a good log management system in place. There are many chapters, which are not too long in length, it is well written and all the authors have lots of experience in the their field. These are lots of good examples, and some good little code snippets that can help you out. I found one little snippet of code that is just excellent and it has now been added to the toolkit, and has actually been pulled into use recently, and sometimes just that one snippet can make the book worth the money. It has many methods covered from both a security/administrator point of view as well as compliance reasons for log management. There are case studies of where the proper collection and analysis of logs have been used in real world situations. It breaks it down into separate areas, from collection, analysis, reporting etc, and explains how if you have a good system to log effectively if they are not being reviewed/reported correctly then again it's not a worthwhile exercise. Full Review  >

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On Feb 9 John Jacob wrote: Logging and Log Management Chuvakin Schmidt and Phillips Elsevier Science
Authors Chuvakin, Schmidt and Phillips takes away that vacuum of not having an authoritative reference to start working on logs. Full Review  >

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On Nov 9 John Galliano wrote: An Essential Reference for Every Sysadmin
Despite a hefty 460 pages long, Logging and Log Management: The Authoritative Guide to Understanding the Concepts Surrounding Logging and Log Management is an easy read, primarily because it’s logically organized in 22 chapters. Each chapter covers a single concept and this also makes the book a good “grab-it-off-shelf” reference. Full Review  >

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On Sep 3 Fabio Alessandro Locati wrote: Good book, sometimes seems a little out of date
Logs are one of the most powerful tools in the sysadmin hands, and probably of all kind of IT roles. This book does deep into the logs and their management. One of the aspects that I really liked about this book is the division of the text in chapters. Full Review  >

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