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Log Management: Using Computer and Network Records to Improve Information Security



Shirley M. Radack


NIST SP 800-92 helps organizations develop, implement and maintain effective processes for managing logs, which contain information about specific events occurring within information technology (IT) systems and networks. The information is recorded in logs by the systems¿ software and applications, and can be used by organizations to improve the security of their operations. The bulletin discusses how sound log management practices can support the overall security of an organization¿s systems and information. Topics covered include basic information about computer security logs, the usefulness of these logs, and the challenges of managing them. Recommendations for effective log management involve: the components of the log management infrastructure, including the hardware, software, networks, and media that are used to generate, transmit, store, analyze, and dispose of log information; the planning processes that enable the organization to carry out consistent, reliable, and efficient log management practices; and the operational processes that aid organizations in successfully managing logs.
ITL Bulletin -


Computer security, information security, information technology, log management, policies, security incidents, security software


Radack, S. (2006), Log Management: Using Computer and Network Records to Improve Information Security, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created October 25, 2006, Updated January 27, 2020