Collect Log Files at a Central Place

We highly recommend collecting log files of all nodes in a central place, often called the log host. With the standard Unix system logging mechanism, this is very possible, because logging information can be sent over the network. Doing that has the advantage of allowing review and parsing of log files in a central place, either manually or using one of the already-mentioned log analysis tools. Because you can correlate logs from different machines, this can give you deeper insight into your network's health and activities.

In deploying a centralized logging facility, you must secure it carefully. Establishing a centralized log collection makes it much more difficult for attackers to wipe their tracks because they will need to attack one more host successfully in order to manipulate the collected log messages.

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