New Log Management Solution from Novell Delivers a Key Building Block for Security and Regulatory Compliance

New Log Management Solution from Novell Delivers a Key Building Block for Security and Regulatory Compliance

29 July 2009

Novell, Inc. today announced a comprehensive log management solution that expands the functionality offered in Novell's security information and event management solutions. Novell® Sentinel™ Log Manager simplifies fulfillment of audit requirements and improves security by streamlining the management of ever-increasing volumes of raw event data used for risk investigations and compliance reporting.

In order to meet security and regulatory compliance requirements, organizations store a wealth of information about the activities occurring on their networks, platforms and applications. This includes application and database logs, identity and access management repositories, network device logs, and other systems. These logs are often stored and processed in “silos”. This segregation means that those analyzing the logs have an incomplete view of the enterprise’s true security posture, and are using inefficient manual processes to meet reporting requirements for regulations such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, and PCI DSS.

“Successful reaction to new compliance pressures reaches across the organization, from network and security to data management and application delivery,” says Chris Howard, vice president and director, Executive Advisory Program, Burton Group. “This reaction requires IT architects to work closely with their business peers in order to ensure both quality of information and appropriate insight. Failure to address both infrastructure and human dynamics of compliance processes puts the enterprise at significant risk.”

Novell Sentinel Log Manager simplifies regulatory challenges by intelligently storing, analyzing and reporting on security event data. Customers can take advantage of advanced search and reporting capabilities to produce exactly the view they need for security or compliance audits. To reduce the storage costs endemic with some log management solutions, Sentinel Log Manager provides intelligent filtering which allows customers to choose how long to store particular types of data and offers 10x data compression. All of this provides customers a systematic and comprehensive approach to security and regulatory compliance while providing a rapid return on investment.

“Typically, a university environment includes hundreds of disparate systems and devices that must be monitored in order to comply with PCI-DSS regulations. This includes collecting, archiving, and reporting on data from the sports arena to the campus cafeteria. The appeal of Novell Sentinel Log Manager is its ability to interoperate with the university’s wide array of systems, collect data in real-time and quickly and easily search that data to ensure we’re secure and compliant at all times.” said Randy Hardin, lead systems engineer, University of Dayton I.T.

The new log management capability also integrates seamlessly with Novell’s portfolio of compliance management solutions. Only Novell offers the solutions that enable real-time monitoring and remediation of network events by tying identities, systems and data together to deliver a real-time, centralized view of business operations so organizations can automatically enforce security and access-related policies, making it easy to demonstrate compliance.

“Our customers need solutions that deliver efficiency to their ongoing security and risk management programs,” said Jim Ebzery, senior vice president and general manager of Identity and Security at Novell. “Adding Sentinel Log Manager to our award-winning line of SIEM products helps customers protect their IT infrastructure, customer and corporate data, while adhering to compliance regulations defined by government and industry.”

More information about Novell Sentinel Log Manager pricing and availability can be found at Novell Sentinel Log Manager can be seen at the Novell booth #3 at the Black Hat USA 2009 conference at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV, July 25-30, 2009.


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