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Top 6 Log Management Use Cases for Higher Education

Live data and historical searches enable monitoring and security in complex environments

May 29th, 2020

Higher education institutions present a significant monitoring and security challenge with distributed hybrid environments, bring-your-own-device policies, and layers of different types and generations of software.

Modern, high performant log management provides a solution for the security concerns of IT workers in these complex settings. Gartner shares insight into how to think about using log management. They point out that “many clients are unaware that log management tools can be leveraged for use cases beyond just collecting logs in a central repository to have them available for after-event analysis.”1

“Use a central log management capability and tool when there are budget and staff constraints, basic security monitoring requirements, and compliance-specific use cases.” 1

See how universities, colleges, and other educators are adapting with these Top 6 Log Management Use Cases for Higher Education:

  1. Real-time security response

  2. Comprehensive network monitoring

  3. Centralize data collection and access

  4. Live alerts

  5. Improve SIEM monitoring and secure the borders of the network

  6. Share information across teams


1. Real-time security response

Split-second search results make modern log management tools rocket fuel for security operations center (SOC) purposes. A security response team is able to go from an overview dashboard to specific logs connected with threats in seconds. A team can even hunt and find insights from encrypted traffic with help from network monitoring tools such as Corelight. Find out more from the How-to Guide: Use log management as the foundation of the security stack.


2. Comprehensive network monitoring

Modern log management gathers and compresses hundreds of terabytes of data a day that comes from data-intensive network monitoring services. This enables you to search and store network data from data-rich sensors and question it later. Built to be platform-agnostic, log management tools will take data from any source, including custom sources, to ensure the picture you are monitoring is complete. Find out more by reviewing or watching our workshop: Building a Modern Observability Stack.


3. Centralize data collection and access

Log management can accept a high throughput of data — from servers, apps, network devices, customer devices, and almost anything that performs a function — and keep it all in one central location. Modern log management can search it all and even join search results from several different data sources, getting results in seconds. Having all data in one location allows users to construct comprehensive dashboards that show performance across all parts of the environment. Take a quick look at our dashboards in a demo with our CTO Kresten Krab Thorup.


4. Live alerts

Index-heavy systems experience a delay in alerting. Modern index-free log management removes this barrier by making data available immediately and delivering alerts in real time. Even complex alerts based on sophisticated queries are updated in seconds. Forward alerts to PagerDuty, Slack, or Webhooks to improve automation. Find out more at Humio Docs: Alerting.


5. Improve SIEM monitoring and secure the borders of the network

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) monitoring solutions can focus on a limited number of data points, failing to provide a full view of the network. Log management makes it affordable to monitor all endpoints and maintain 100% network visibility, and store that data longer, helping organizations comply with compliance regulations. Find out more from the How-to Guide: Use log management as the foundation of the security stack.


6. Share information across teams

Once data is captured, it can be packaged and shared across several teams with visualizations and dashboards. Administrators can control which departments see what data in safe-to-share append-only data flows that cannot be erased. Learn more about how Role Based Access Controls (RBAC) can be managed from Humio Docs: Role Based Authorization.

Humio provides higher-education-ready log management

Optimized for live data, network monitoring, and security use cases, Humio is a versatile log management solution for security teams in higher education settings. Advanced compression of 10-20x for historical data reduces costs of deployments and helps schools stay under budget, while its real-time streaming data improves security response.

To see how practitioners are putting Humio to work in university settings, sign up to attend our upcoming Higher Education Roundtable on June 24th.

Want to see how Humio searches organization-wide historical databases in seconds? Request a free demo.


1. Gartner: Use Central Log Management for Security Operations Use Cases, Mar 20, 2020, Toby Bussa, Kelly Kavanagh, Mitchell Schneider (Gartner subscription required).

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