Event logs provide detailed insights into the Windows architecture and aids in effective monitoring and reporting. Windows event logs containing security and application data help administrators to quickly identify configuration changes and avert security or operation risks. However, for correct assessment of the logs, it is important for timely and competent event tracking.
Tracking down thousands of logs of a Windows system, correlating the data and then processing the information collected for further comparison is a lengthy procedure. Another important concern for effective event tracking is filtering the network traffic and processing information which helps in detecting changes in the network.
Event tracking tools combine all these aspects and offer functionalities such as event correlation, data processing and warehousing as well as an agile reporting capability. The ideal event tracking system must possess the following functionalities.
Proper event tracking system ensures better network and server security by recording logs of unnoticed or unauthorized changes. With timely monitoring and alert generation, it is possible for administrators to know about the system vulnerabilities and the precise times of change in network status. Such systems not only decrease the overall cost of IT infrastructure but also helps in policing the configuration management process.