The Hoot - Episode 16 - Humio Security Developer Kristian Gausel
A conversation with Kristian about log management and the security stack
February 20th, 2020
In this week’s podcast, John talks with Kristian Gausel, Security engineer at Humio. Kristian introduces himself and shares why security is such an important focus for Humio.
He explains how logs provide insight into an organization:
Security starts with getting insight into your environment. To start with security, you need to understand what’s happening, and see what’s happening in a unified way. You can’t just look at isolated systems anymore. Gathering all your logs in one central system where you can search them in a powerful way is a really good start.
Kristian describes why organizations are more concerned with security, and what is being done about it. We discuss why having a powerful log management system with robust retention helps prepare for the unknown, and makes it easier to get to the bottom of what happened and reduce the time to recovery.
It’s important not to skip any of your logs. Most of the time you’re looking for unknown unknowns, when you’re looking for something when you don’t know what you’re looking for, filtering that data out before it hits your log management system makes no sense at all.
We talk about how GDPR shifts the responsibility for privacy and security from the individual to the company storing personal information, and how logs can help with compliance. We also talk about security considerations for those moving to the cloud, and how to better prepare.