The Windows DNS debug log contains valuable information on DNS queries and activity that is especially useful for monitoring and analyzing malicious traffic. This requires some configuration changes for the DNS service in order to enable debug logging.
Here is a short description on how to enable debug logging for the DNS service on windows, this also applies to Windows Server 2008 and later. It is possible to specify the file and path name of the DNS debug log file as well as the maximum size of the file.
As a security administrator, you may be inclined to focus on the Windows Security log within Windows Event Log. You might even go as far as filtering for specific event IDs, such as EventID 4625 (failed logon request), while forgetting there is much more to security logging on Windows than this single log source.
The consequence of this narrow field of view is that you are not benefitting from the valuable information that other Event IDs used for security audit policies can offer.
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One of the challenges that security-conscious Windows administrators face is collecting and centralizing Windows event logs. One of the obvious solutions that come to mind is the native Windows Event Forwarding (WEF) feature available on all modern Windows operating systems.
WEF offers the convenience of forwarding Windows events to a central event collector without installing and managing agents. To objectively portray the role this valuable technology plays in the larger scope of enterprise log collection, we have written several articles that discuss it:
If you’re a cyber security enthusiast, you’ve probably heard a lot about Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) lately. There’s a good reason why this topic has gained popularity, however, this technology has been integrated into Windows operating systems for over 20 years now. In this blog post, we will delve into how WMI works, the risks resulting from misuse, and how to audit it with NXLog.
A standardization effort The first thing to clarify about WMI is that it’s not a Windows-only technology.
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DHCP server log collection made simple DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is a network management protocol that dynamically assigns IP addresses to each client machine on your network. However, its importance does not stop there. DHCP can even generate numerous critical events that indicate your network’s security has been compromised.
You might then wonder how you can use these events to safeguard your organization from intrusion. Well, these event logs store valuable information that contain the ID and IP address associated with each client.
In this post, we will look at how to use Raijin Database Engine as a backend in a centralized logging environment for collecting and aggregating Windows security events. We will also show you how to integrate Raijin with an open source data exploration tool. Finally, you will see how you can track suspicious network activity and identify specific types of intrusion on Windows hosts using these tools.
A low-cost, lean and mean data discovery solution Although the combination of tools we present here cannot compete with a full-fledged SIEM solution, they do offer quite a few advantages for security analysts who need a responsive, highly customizable data discovery solution that accepts ad hoc SQL.
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It goes without saying that across your business infrastructure, there should be a commitment to protect not only the hardware and software assets, but the plethora of data that is transmitted through and stored in it. However, to successfully safeguard such data, it is imperative to have an effective audit policy in place that includes the collection of security events as its essential component.
Windows provides a wealth of security logs that are visible in the built-in Security channel of Event Viewer.
Unquestionably, Microsoft Windows is the number one desktop operating system in the world, as well as having a significant share of the server operating system market. Multi-million-dollar organizations rely heavily on Windows Server and Active Directory to provide a safe, secure networked environment for their business operations. Such an enterprise infrastructure alone can generate thousands of events per second that range anywhere from benign user authentication events to logs indicating a severe software failure, or even more serious events such as DoS attacks or intrusion attempts.
Windows Event Forwarding (WEF) is a service available on Microsoft Windows platforms which enables the forwarding of events from Windows Event Log to a central Windows Event Collector. Since the technology is built into the operating system, this means you can centralize log collection without having to install third party software on each Windows node. You can also use Group Policy for configuring clients to forward their events. This approach not only standardizes client management but also streamlines it.
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Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 3 of our DNS Log Collection series, in case you missed them.
DNS Log Collection on Windows If you need to reduce the cost of DNS security and increase efficiency through centralizing DNS log collection, where would you start? Answering this question requires knowledge and awareness of the challenges and opportunities available on the Windows platform. While Windows DNS server is a common technology serving many types of organizations, from local domains to large multi-site enterprises, the possibilities are not necessarily that well-known within the context of comprehensive, site-wide log collection.
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Windows Event Forwarding (WEF) provides log centralization capabilities that are natively supported in Windows-based systems. It is straightforward to set up since it is already built into Windows, and only a few pre-requisites are required, such as having a dedicated event server with a group policy object (GPO). Despite its ease of use and native support, WEF has some limitations. This post covers the advantages of using Windows Event Forwarding for centralized log collection, followed by limitations of WEF and its subsequent solutions.
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