In-house v. Cloud-based Log Management

Data generated by various devices connected in a network and operations being carried out on them is called as log data and we have already discussed why log management is important, considering the exponentially increasing number of attacks and their sophistication. Further, in the last blog post, we dealt with questions that you must your cloud-based log management service provider.

This included questions dealing with safety measures, data transmission, compression level, backup and security, bandwidth compression, etc. In this post, we will discuss various aspects which can help you in deciding whether you should set-up an in-house log management system or prefer a cloud-based log management system.

Considerations for Cloud-Based Log Management Service Provider
Considerations for Cloud-Based Log Management Service Provider

1.    Handling Log Data

Managing log data requires a dedicated team with required skills. The personnel requirements may surely increase the decided budget of an organization. Some of the cybersecurity experts have even termed log data as a monster. On the other hand, outsourcing log management to a cloud-based service provider completely changes the situation altogether. Not only it is cost-efficient, it only takes a few minutes to set up and there is no maintenance required later on.

2.    Security

If a log management system exists in-house, security aspects and privacy risks associated with the log data are completely different than when the log data is stored in a service provider’s cloud. In an in-house setup, the data remains in the custody of a business while same is not the case with a cloud-based service. Before outsourcing, you must check data transmission, provided access-level methods, secure account access, encryption and compression of log data among the other things.

3.    Speed

A slow response time from the service provider’s side can result in frustrating situations for your business. Since the data is stored in the cloud, your service provider must be capable of making the stored log data available for near real-time analysis. For example, using real-time analysis, you can detect an attack using LogSign’s visualized dashboard.

4.    Scalability

This is one factor which must be considered while dealing with log data. With increasing business processes and growth, the log data generated will definitely increase by multifold. In addition, log data increases dramatically during a peak time or maintenance activities. The log management service provided by the cloud-based service provider must be efficient enough to appropriately deal with the increased volume of data.

5.    Sources

With multiple partner integrations, the organizational systems will continue to get complex in their nature. In the case of modern-day applications, it is a tedious task to diagnose what has actually happened without proper visibility into the logs. Hence, to ease the support and troubleshooting process, the cloud-based service provider must maintain a centralized log data repository where log data from different aspects of a network such as servers, computers, devices, programming languages, etc. is stored.

6.    Searching

It is the backbone of any support system or troubleshooting process. Without efficient search mechanisms, it is impossible for a human to go through the entire volume of generated log data. While selecting a service provider, you should consider factors such as –

  • The speed of Search Results
  • Flexibility of Queries
  • Ease-of-learning for sophisticated queries
  • Displaying search results
  • Organization of search results

7.    Savings

The last and one of the most important aspect is financial feasibility. At the end of the day, a business shall consider the service provider which meets the budget requirements and is able to offer maximum cost savings. The amount to be paid for the services shall be compared with the total cost of ownership (TCO) required for setting up an in-house system which will include costs for –

  • Dedicated systems and storage devices
  • Skilled personnel
  • Audits and security assessments
  • Inventory costs

Conclusion

On a broader perspective, cloud-based log management service is a great way to go, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. Further, by the end of this decade, finding a No Cloud policy will become a highly unlikely event. It will become as rare as a No Internet policy is these days.[1] Handling of data, Savings, Sources, Searching, Scalability, Speed, and Security are the factors that you must consider while deciding on an in-house setup for log management v. cloud-based log management service. To understand how a next-gen SIEM solution focussing on log management, security intelligence and compliance reporting can help your business, schedule a demo NOW!


[1] https://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3354117

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