Audit Logs Management and Security - A Survey


  • Ahmad Ali COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan



System Protection & Security


Audit logs are key resources that show the current state of the systems and user activities and are used for cyber forensics and maintenance. These logs are the only source that can help in finding traces of some malicious activities or troubleshooting a system failure. Insight view for trouble-free availability of computing resources and performance monitoring and meaningful forensic audit depends on the management and archival system of audit logs. These logs are prone to multidimensional threats and superusers or system administrators have unprecedented access to these logs and can alter these logs as and when required. Similarly, repudiation is another serious issue in computer forensics and non-repudiation can be provided by a secure recording of event logs. Periodic backups, encrypted data transfer, off-site storage and certificate based storage of these logs are commonly being used.  In this survey, we searched for the requirements of securing audit logs and available approaches to secure these logs. Based on the available literature, a taxonomy of audit log management is developed. We have drawn a comparison between these approaches and also highlighted the current challenges to these logs security and their available options.


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