Many companies deploy multiple critical systems, and it requires much effort to maintain and keep those systems running. But practice shows that these efforts are often incomplete without a solid changes auditing tool, which usually gets the least attention among other security solutions. IT security is becoming more and more popular topic in the IT world today as the number of security risks, cyber-attacks, data leakage incidents and court proceedings, investigations and following violation settlements increases. In most cases attacks are quite difficult to predict and to notice, and it’s usually very hard to recover from a missed attack. This is why organizations need IT audit. Knowing that your system administrators have full control over your IT environment and will not let an intrusion go unnoticed gives you a long-wished-for peace of mind. Also, an ability to quickly create a detailed report for your management showing what is going on in your IT infrastructure is a one more headache avoided. IT auditing saves not only time but money too since preventing a breach is far less costly than cleaning up after it.
There is a way to set up native audit of key systems without using any additional software. Here is a list of Quick Reference Guides on auditing major systems which will help you do it. Don’t hesitate to download and use them:
- Active Directory Auditing Quick Reference Guide
- Exchange Server Auditing Quick Reference Guide
- File Server Auditing Quick Reference Guide
- SharePoint Auditing Quick Reference Guide
- Windows Server Auditing Quick Reference Guide
If this approach to auditing with native functionality seems too tedious or if it is insufficient for the needs of your company, you can turn to Netwrix Auditor and save time and efforts.
Netwrix Auditor keeps track of every change and provides easy-to-read, on-demand, or scheduled reports. Changes are tracked and logged with their “before” and “after” values, so you can address problems immediately and with confidence. The key technology aspects include lightweight, non-intrusive agents, state-in-time configuration assessment, detailed reporting and real-time alerting. Netwrix Auditor is an easy to integrate unified platform, which provides technical capabilities of auditing a broad range of systems and applications.
Netwrix Auditor for Active Directory is a comprehensive AD auditing solution that mitigates security risks and helps organizations comply with internal security policies and government or industry regulations. It detects and reports on all changes made to the managed Active Directory domain, including AD objects, Group Policy configuration, directory partitions, and more, with “who”, “what”, “when”, “where” details and before/after values.
Netwrix Auditor for Exchange provides monitoring, reporting and alerting on all changes made to Microsoft Exchange Server configuration and permissions, as well as non-owner mailbox access.
Netwrix Auditor for File Servers is a comprehensive solution that detects and reports on all changes made to Windows-based file servers, EMC storages and NetApp Filer appliances, including modifications of files, folders, shares and permissions, as well as failed and successful access attempts.
Netwrix Auditor for Windows Server helps detecting and reporting on all changes made to configuration of Windows-based servers, including hardware devices, drivers, software, services, applications, networking settings, registry settings, DNS, and more.
Netwrix Auditor for SharePoint is a comprehensive SharePoint auditing solution for auditing SharePoint permissions and farm configurations, reporting on security changes, as well as creation, deletion and modification of any SharePoint content, including sites, lists and libraries, folders, documents and list items.