New Security Tool: Event Archiver
Are you required to centrally log and store events for security audit purposes? Event Archiver is a powerful but very low cost tool that provides a great solution.
Use simple, custom built wizards to unify computer audit policies, log sizes, and rapidly deploy a log collection solution among multiple computers in many different domains
What does Event Archiver do?
Event Archiver does exactly what its name suggests - archive event
logs, meaning it automatically clears event logs from Windows
NT/2000/XP servers and workstations and stores them in EVT format,
comma-delimited text, Access or ODBC databases. In addition, it
can move flat files to central network shares AND place entries
into databases for redundancy and custom analysis.
Event Archiver addresses one specific need that no other tool in
the market focuses on - the automatic clearing and storing of
these event logs for future use. Manual clearing and storing of
these logs is a job done by network administrators, so they are
quick to see just how helpful Event Archiver can be to them.
More and more organizations (government and private companies) are making the preservation of these log files a security policy. In
the event of a network intrusion, it is vital that these logs are
maintained for accountability, especially when working with law
enforcement and presenting evidence in court. Event Archiver
collects in all major event log formats (including EVT) to make
sure that if trouble occurs, historical data will be at the ready
AND already in the correct format. Event Archiver is an affordable,
easy plug-in solution.
So, is this affordable for even large networks? What is the licensing structure?
Event Archiver is licensed per server or workstation from which
logs are being archived. We have great volume discounts for larger
implementations - and these customers with larger networks are the
very customers that stand to gain the most from implementing Event
Archiver. Imagine the cost in hours of labor for just the manual
clearing of event logs from hundreds of servers and thousands of
additional workstations. Get your 30-day eval and pricing here:
New Hotfix Checker By Shavlik and MS
You are all aware that Microsoft recently released two free
security tools, both in a bare-bones format. These tools were
co-developed by Microsoft and MS Gold Partner Shavlik. The
actual commercial versions (with many more features, extras
and a GUI) are now available in a "suite" via Sunbelt Software.
The Shavlik AdminSuite combines three powerful tools - Network
Security Hotfix Checker Pro, AccountInspector, and Password
Inspector into one easy-to-use bundle. They are used worldwide
by Microsoft internally. The Hotfix Checker utilizes an XML config
file that is kept up-to-date by Microsoft staff practically in
This will ensure that when you use the Shavlik Hotfix checker,
you have a very high degree of certainty your network actually
has all the most recent patches, and applied in the right sequence.
"The Shavlik and Microsoft teams have collaborated to create a strong
security solution that will help our customers operate more securely,"
said Steve Lipner, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Windows NT Security.
With this suite, you can conveniently monitor important security
related settings and hotfix updates of your networks. It allows
you to then take the necessary corrective actions.
The Network Security Hotfix Checker Pro (HFNetChkPro) tool is a
browser-based and command line based tool set that you can use to
assess a computer or selected group of computers for the presence
or absence of security patches.
You can use HFNetChkPro to assess patch status for the Windows NT
4.0 and Windows 2000 operating systems, as well as hotfixes for
IIS 4.0, IIS 5.0, SQL Server 7.0, and SQL Server 2000 (including MSDE),
and Internet Explorer 5.01 or later.
Since HFNetChkPro accesses an XML datastore on Microsoft's website
you are guaranteed the latest information.
AccountInspector scans all computers on your network for Critical
Security Problems such as old, unauthorized accounts, hidden accounts,
weak passwords, unwanted administrators (you have more than you think
you do), old passwords and other useful information with a full, easy
to use UI. Shavlik AccountInspector can scan over 10,000 computers at
once. Scans done in seconds. Output can be created in Microsoft Excel
format so users can easily create reports. Results can be emailed or
archived from UI. Full on line help.
PasswordInspector lets you scan your network for weak passwords and
receive advice along with being able to set strong passwords on local
and remote systems. Use the interactive Password Wizard to create
strong passwords on all your computers from one convenient location.
Scan your network for weak passwords and receive advice along with
being able to set strong passwords on local and remote systems. Use
the interactive Password Wizard to create strong passwords on all
your computers from one convenient location.
Check the Sunbelt website for product specs about this product, there
are screenshots, FAQ, prices and an eval download: