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Log Management
July 2022
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Chief Infrastructure & Security Office at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
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Top 5Leaderboard
Collects logs from different systems, works extremely fast, and has a predictable cost model
Pros and Cons
  • "It is a very comprehensive solution for gathering data. It has got a lot of capabilities for collecting logs from different systems. Logs are notoriously difficult to collect because they come in all formats. LogPoint has a very sophisticated mechanism for you to be able to connect to or listen to a system, get the data, and parse it. Logs come in text formats that are not easily parseable because all logs are not the same, but with LogPoint, you can define a policy for collecting the data. You can create a parser very quickly to get the logs into a structured mechanism so that you can analyze them."
  • "The thing that makes it a little bit challenging is when you run into a situation where you have logs that are not easily parsable. If a log has a very specific structure, it is very easy to parse and create a parser for it, but if a log has a free form, meaning that it is of any length or it can change at any time, handling such a log is very challenging, not just in LogPoint but also in everything else. Everybody struggles with that scenario, and LogPoint is also in the same boat. One-third of logs are of free form or not of a specific length, and you can run into situations where it is almost impossible to parse the log, even if they try to help you. It is just the nature of the beast."

What is our primary use case?

We use it as a repository of most of the logs that are created within our office systems. It is mostly used for forensic purposes. If there is an investigation, we go look for the logs. We find those logs in LogPoint, and then we use them for further analysis.

How has it helped my organization?

We have close to 33 different sources of logs, and we were able to onboard most of them in less than three months. Its adoption is very quick, and once you have the logs in there, the ability to search for things is very good.

What is most valuable?

It is a very comprehensive solution for gathering data. It has got a lot of capabilities for collecting logs from different systems. Logs are notoriously difficult to collect because they come in all formats. LogPoint has a very sophisticated mechanism for you to be able to connect to or listen to a system, get the data, and parse it. Logs come in text formats that are not easily parseable because all logs are not the same, but with LogPoint, you can define a policy for collecting the data. You can create a parser very quickly to get the logs into a structured mechanism so that you can analyze them.

What needs improvement?

The thing that makes it a little bit challenging is when you run into a situation where you have logs that are not easily parsable. If a log has a very specific structure, it is very easy to parse and create a parser for it, but if a log has a free form, meaning that it is of any length or it can change at any time, handling such a log is very challenging, not just in LogPoint but also in everything else. Everybody struggles with that scenario, and LogPoint is also in the same boat. One-third of logs are of free form or not of a specific length, and you can run into situations where it is almost impossible to parse the log, even if they try to help you. It is just the nature of the beast.

Its reporting could be significantly improved. They have very good reports, but the ability to create ad-hoc reports can be improved significantly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been stable, and I haven't had any issues with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are no issues there. However much free space I give it, it'll work well.

It is being used by only two people: me and another security engineer. We go and look at the logs. We are collecting most of the information from the firm through this. If we were to grow, we'll make it grow with us, but right now, we don't have any plans to expand its usage.

How are customer service and support?

Their support is good. If you call them for help, they'll give you help. They have a very good set of engineers to help you with onboarding or the setup process. You can consult them when you have a challenge or a question. They are very good with the setup and follow-up. What happens afterward is a whole different story because if you have to escalate internally, you can get in trouble. So, their initial support is very good, but their advanced support is a little more challenging.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used a product called Logtrust, which is now called Devo. I switched because I had to get a consultant every time I had to do something in the system. It required a level of expertise. The system wasn't built for a mere human to use. It was very advanced, but it required consultancy in order to get it working. There are a lot of things that they claim to be simple, but at the end of the day, you have to have them do the work, and I don't like that. I want to be able to do the work myself. With LogPoint, I'm able to do most of the work myself.

How was the initial setup?

It is very simple. There is a virtual machine that you download, and this virtual machine has everything in it. There is nothing for you to really do. You just download and install it, and once you have the machine up and running, you're good to go.

The implementation took three months. I had a complete listing of my log sources, so I just went down the list. I started with the most important logs, such as DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, and then I went down from there. We have 33 sources being collected currently.

What about the implementation team?

I did it on my own. I also take care of its maintenance.

What was our ROI?

It is not easy to calculate ROI on such a solution. The ROI is in terms of having the ability to find what you need in your logs quickly and being confident that you're not going to lose your logs and you can really search for things. It is the assurance that you can get that information when you need it. If you don't have it, you're in a trouble. If you are compromised, then you have a problem. It is hard to measure the cost of these things.

As compared to other systems, I'm getting a good value for the money. I'm not paying a variable cost. I have a pretty predictable cost model, and if I need to grow, it is all up to me for the resources that I put, not to them. That's a really good model, and I like it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It has a fixed price, which is what I like about LogPoint. I bought the system and paid for it, and I pay maintenance. It is not a consumption model. Most SIEMs or most of the log management systems are consumption-based, which means that you pay for how many logs you have in the system. That's a real problem because logs can grow very quickly in different circumstances, and when you have a variable price model, you never know what you're going to pay. Splunk is notoriously expensive for that reason. If you use Splunk or QRadar, it becomes expensive because there are not just the logs; you also have to parse the logs and create indexes. Those indexes can be very expensive in terms of space. Therefore, if they charge you by this space, you can end up paying a significant amount of money. It can be more than what you expect to pay. I like the fact that LogPoint has a fixed cost. I know what I'm going to pay on a yearly basis. I pay that, and I pay the maintenance, and I just make it work.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I had Logtrust, and I looked at AlienVault, Splunk, and IBM QRadar. Splunk was too expensive, and QRadar was too complex. AlienVault was very good and very close to LogPoint. I almost went to AlienVault, but its cost turned out to be significantly higher than LogPoint, so I ended up going for LogPoint because it was a better cost proposition for me.

What other advice do I have?

It depends on what you're looking for. If you really want a full-blown SIEM with all the functionality and all the correlation analysis, you might be able to find products that have more sophisticated correlations, etc. If you just want to keep your logs and be able to find information quickly within your systems, LogPoint is more than capable. It is a good cost proposition, and it works extremely well and very fast.

I would rate it an eight out of 10. It is a good cost proposition. It is a good value. It has all the functionality for what I wanted, which is my log management. I'm not using a lot of the feature sets that are very advanced. I don't need them, so I can't judge it based on those, but for my needs, it is an eight for sure.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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