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December 2, 2010

LogRhythm technology to manage data logging in Nottingham varsity

Handle longer term requirements, when logs may need to be stored for anything from six to 18 plus months

By CBR Staff Writer

LogRhythm, the company that makes log data useful, said the University of Nottingham in the UK has implemented its log management and security information and event management (SIEM) technology to prepare for future logging needs and gain more insight into its IT infrastructure.

LogRhythm said that the offering will primarily be used to handle longer term requirements, when logs may need to be stored for anything from six to 18 plus months, and to manage security across the university.

The deployment of LogRhythm technology centred on the key task of effectively managing data and security across the university’s entire IT infrastructure.

The scale of this task was revealed when the LogRhythm system monitored an average of 26 million logs a day and stored over one billion events in the six weeks after it went live, the company claims.

University of Nottingham security and compliance leader Paul Kennedy said one of the first benefits they received post implementation involved they being able to spot a denial of service attack targeting the Internet gateway.

"LogRhythm enabled us to see logs from our switches and firewalls that previously would have been missed, and would have resulted in the university’s data processing systems being out of action for an extended period of time," Kennedy said.

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LogRhythm EMEA vice president and managing director Ross Brewer said the University of Nottingham has taken the step of investing in infrastructure protection that not only meets its needs today, but also anticipates its future requirements.

"By choosing an automated system with the ability to monitor multiple data sources, process this input intelligently and offer a wide range of capabilities for analysing after data collection, the University of Nottingham has enabled itself to comply with regulations, secure its networks and optimise its IT operations."

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