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Network Security Audit - Enforcive

What is a Network Security Audit?

In the wake of today's ever increasing compliance awareness, network security auditing is high on the list of data security software tools. A network security audit is a means by which the ongoing level of performance of an organization's network security can be monitored and it allows for the investigation and pinpointing of chosen trends and specific security incidents. Various kinds of network security audit features exist in all modern computing platforms, such as security event logs and journals of database activity. Less commonly found are the audit tools that allow a level of merging or consolidation of information across different platforms.
The network security audit looks at two broad categories of information. The first is the static data, such as system definitions, protocols used, password rules, firewall definitions and the like, whereas the second category of this kind of data security software deals with the activities that have taken place. Access to databases, transfer of files, and when and where users log on are just some of the more common items viewed in the network security audit.

The Enforcive Cross Platform Audit

Enforcive's Cross Platform Audit (CPA) is a network security audit tool designed to bring together a wide scope of network security and data security information from many different computers, in one place. It allows a direct view into each host computer's audit logs, but more significantly, provides a mechanism to extract that information to a single, uniform database. This extraction can include all or selected parts of the audit information collected on the host computer.
The Cross Platform Audit achieves the collection and integration of multi-platform audit data by a first line of platform-specific agents which reside on the mainframe, AS/400, iSeries, Windows, AIX and Linux computers on the network. Once collected, the data is automatically transferred, over a secure connection to the Cross Platform Audit database where it can be reviewed and analyzed.
An alert mechanism is built into the Cross Platform Audit which can inform the administrator of simple or complex events, immediately upon their arrival at the Cross Platform Audit database, providing a further tier of network security auditing.

Network Audit Features

The uniform audit capability extending across the whole network makes the most of the CPA's graphical analysis capabilities. Graphs and reports can indicate, authorization failures, for example, for all computers in one view. The Enforcive Cross Platform Audit Analyzer provides this network security auditing functionality through a flexible multiple graph capability on a single screen. Up to four graphs showing different viewpoints can be compared side by side on the screen.
An important component to help make the network auditing task a little easier is the existence of ready-defined reports. The Cross-Platform Audit has numerous pre-defined reports and even alerts which can be adapted as necessary and made use of at any time, to give the most powerful network security audit tool for multiple platforms.
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