Using Splunk Enterprise for compliance
Splunk Enterprise is a massively scalable data engine for machine-generated data. It collects, indexes and harnesses machine data across your infrastructure in real time. Splunk offers a cost effective and flexible way to meet your compliance requirements from audit trail collection and reporting, to file integrity monitoring with a single solution.Meet requirements to collect, retain, search, alert and report on logs and machine data throughout your IT infrastructure. Generate any report in seconds and automate reporting to compliance analysts and auditors with scheduled searches and reports.
- E-Discovery - Search every data source required for E-Discovery from one place. Get instantaneous results across large data sets.
- FISMA - Securely collect, index and store all your log and machine data along with audit trails to meet NIST requirements.
- HIPAA- Search all your machine data to instantly assess reports of EPHI leakage and meet HIPAA’s explicit log requirements.
- PCI - Rapid compliance with explicit PCI requirements for log retention/review and change monitoring, comprehensive reporting on all PCI controls such as passwords and firewall policy.
- SOX - Splunk makes the ambiguous chore of compliance mandated routine log review easy and straightforward.
Demonstrate “due-care” and increase operational efficiency by eliminating compliance friction.
The Compliance Challenge
Reporting on firewall, access control and application logs and machine data to demonstrate compliance controls is difficult and costly. Each of these systems generate logs in different formats and locations. Each auditor request involves a different, manual procedure. But the requirement to limit access to production systems has an even bigger impact. System administrators and developers are denied access to production systems to analyze logs and configurations, limiting their ability to respond to operations and security incidents.
Bring powerful indexing, search, alerting and reporting to the challenges of change management. With Splunk you can search, alert and report on machine data from virtually any source. Meet compliance requirements from audit trail collection and reporting, to file integrity monitoring with a single solution. Generate any compliance report in seconds. And you’ll overcome the operational impact of demands to restrict production system access by giving developers and application support secure, read-only access to the machine data they need without touching production systems.
Secure Data Retention
Splunk provides a highly efficient and secure solution for capturing and retaining your machine data for extended periods. Securely capture all your data in real time including syslog and even complex application logs. Integrity is ensured via hardened deployments and comprehensive auditing and security. Archive or retire data based on age or storage limits.
Controlled Data Access
Splunk helps eliminate the compliance barriers that get in the way of operations. Provide developers and application administrators with real-time access to the logs, configurations and status commands they need in order to analyze and resolve production problems. Role based access controls let you adhere to strict compliance with production server access restrictions.
Meet explicit requirements to monitor, review and retain logs, configurations and other machine data. Demonstrate compliance quickly and easily across other types of controls. Report on firewall activity to show that firewall policy is in place and functioning correctly. Report on access control events to show that account deactivation procedures are being followed. Generate ad hoc reports to answer auditor questions in seconds and automate reports with scheduled searches.
Splunk lets you meet requirements to automate monitoring of security events. Index audit trails across firewalls, applications, access control, IDS and other components, then simply save, schedule and set alerting rules for a search. Alerts can send notifications via email, RSS, SMS or trigger scripts for easy integration with your existing monitoring consoles. As new mandates create new monitoring requirements, simply add new data sources and searches.
Minimize the distraction of compliance investigations and discovery requests. Stop using a different tool for each of your systems—web proxies, email servers, and more. Splunk’s fast and simple search across your data will get you the information in seconds.
Audit Trail Review
Splunk makes the ambiguous chore of compliance-mandated routine log review easy and straightforward. Search Splunk daily for activity from the previous day on in-scope servers. Use Splunk’s time histogram and filters to understand patterns. Classify and tag innocuous events as “ok”. Search for events not tagged “ok” the next day so that you’re only looking at new or suspicious events each day. Best of all, Splunk tracks your review history for auditors.
Splunk For Compliance Applications
Escalating law enforcement requests to investigate suspected criminal activity online are distractingIT at education institutions and large enterprises that provide Internet access. Servicing requests is distracting and time consuming and the inability to respond effectively opens organizations to legal risk.