Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a GFI case study for the popular GFI FaxMaker software. Last Tuesday March 10th 2015, a video production company visited me in my home office to record the case study. They carried with them a ton of lighting and state of the art video gear.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term “case study” here is the best way to explain it. A case study is an examination of how a customer uses a product, and how the product benefits their business, and or improves their business processes. Continue reading →
This article explains the two different versions of GFI EventsManager, and how it is licensed. Unfortunately GFI doesn’t break them down on its website, and thus creates some confusion to potential customers.
Formerly GFI EventsManager for Servers, GFI recently added an active monitoring component to the software. This is similar to GFI Network Monitor and adds the ability to monitor services, CPU utilization, hard drive space and more. This version also allows to you to manage event logs from Windows Servers, W3C logs and Sys logs from network devices such as Cisco routers and switchers. You are not able to manage logs from computers running Microsoft Windows (workstations) this product is licensed per node. Continue reading →
The Windows logging system was never designed for ease of use. Depending on the audit settings, the information that is logged is rich and can meet the needs of any forensic investigation, but at the same time is cryptic and insufficiently documented. Events are logged in high volumes and support for managing these records is limited within the operating systems themselves.
This is why simple pain points, such as monitoring access to computers or resources, are difficult tasks for Windows admins, but, at the same time, are critical to comply with security best practices, industry standards, legal requirements and to ensure the health of the IT infrastructure. This article is not a deep-dive into the Windows logging system, however, I will provide information that can help admins build structure and consistency when it comes to monitoring access to Windows computers and resources. Continue reading →
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
compliance is a set of specific security standards developed by the
payment brands* to help promote the adoption of consistent data
security measures that are needed to protect sensitive payment card information.
GFI EventsManager, the company’s award-winning log management software, now includes the established active network and server monitoring capabilities found in the company’s popular GFI NetworkServerMonitor®solution. This new functionality, combined with GFI EventsManager’s existing log management capabilities, gives IT administrators a holistic view of their infrastructure’s performance. Continue reading →