GFI EventsManager is an award-winning events monitoring, management and archiving solution, used by thousands of customers. Competitively priced, it is ideal for SMEs. It supports a wide range of event types such as W3C, Windows events, Syslogs and SNMP traps generated by devices such as firewalls, routers and sensors. Providing support for devices from the top 20 manufacturers in the world as well as custom devices, GFI EventsManager allows administrators to monitor an extended range of hardware products, report on the operational status of each one and collect data for analysis. It depicts employee activity on the network such as changes made to their PCs, files accessed during the day and other related activities. GFI EventsManager also tracks and reports SQL and Oracle server activity such as alteration of DB tables and attempts to access data without privileges.
GFI EventsManager uses advanced event processing and filtering technologies to identify key events out-of-the-box. Advanced event processing rules filter out unwanted/trivial events and generate alerts on key issues. GFI EventsManager provides real-time alerting when critical events arise, suggests remedial actions and, if applicable, triggers corrective actions by automatically launching scripts and executable files. The built-in processing rules provided with the product, and other areas of intelligence present in it, add value to its functionality aspects, because the information is otherwise difficult to find and requires levels of expertise which are not necessarily available to end-users.
GFI EventsManager has been developed to satisfy the increasing demand of events-based legal compliance. Generated events are the primary source which determine level of compliance and identify deficiencies. With GFI EventsManager, events can be processed while leaving the ?raw source? intact, in compliance to event log regulations such as Basel II, PCI Data Security Standard and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
VM supportHighly refined compliance reports on key security events of your network
Often there is some confusion among users as to which event reports are needed for meeting the requirements of different compliance acts. GFI EventsManager solves this problem by providing you with specific reports for some of the major compliance acts as well as other standard reports, including:
Payment Card Industry (PCI DSS) reports
Code of connection reports
Account usage reports including users who deleted files report
Account management reports
Policy changes reports
Object access reports
Application management reports
Print server reports
Windows event log system reports
HTTP traffic monitoring report
Events trend and service status reports
Deleted files report
Service status report
Centralized event logging
Event logs are constantly and automatically generated by a user or by an automatic or background process. Logs are often stored in disparate locations. GFI EventsManager stores all captured event logs into one SQL database that may even reside remotely. Through GFI EventsManager you can configure scheduled backups of your event logs. Archived data can reside on a SQL Server database or in secured and compressed files.
Analysis of event logs including SNMP traps, Windows event logs, W3C logs, SQL Server and Oracle audit logs and Syslog
As a network administrator, you have experienced the cryptic and voluminous logs that make log analysis a daunting process. GFI EventsManager is a log processing solution that provides network-wide control and management of Windows event logs, W3C logs, SQL Server and Oracle audit logs and Syslog events generated by your network sources. GFI EventsManager supports Simple Network Management Protocol, the language spoken by low-level devices such as routers, sensors, firewalls, etc. Through SNMP users can monitor a whole range of hardware devices on their infrastructure and gain the ability to report on the health and operational status of each device.
Auto-archive all events into files
Due to the relatively large number of events that must be kept for investigation and compliance purposes, it is more efficient to use SQL Server databases for storing only the most important events (needed for review and reporting) while archiving in parallel all the events into special storage files. The log information stored in these files can be imported into SQL Server databases when needed.
Powerful DashboardPowerful dashboard
The GFI EventsManager dashboard includes a number of filtering-enabled charts to provide administrators with fast and easy access to the data they need as they go about their day. These include the top critical and high importance rules triggered within a certain period of time, the top 10 users who fail to log on or who log on during and outside working hours, service status across network, how many events are stored in the database per log type and a comprehensive graph based on Windows events that shows network connections at application and user level (available for Vista and newer Windows OSs only). The dashboard is highly customizable and can be zoomed individually in separate windows that can be automatically arranged on the desktop to show real time data about the most important events.
One-click rule and filter creation
You can create processing rules and filters for Windows events by simply right-clicking on event details in the Events Browser Tool. New rules are automatically saved into a new rule set called User Rules and will have the least priority by default.
Real-time Alerts, SNMPv2 Traps Alerting IncludedReal-time alerts, SNMPv2 traps alerting included
GFI EventsManager™ has improved alert level for key events or intrusions that are detected on the network. GFI EventsManager allows you to trigger actions such as scripts or to send an alert to one or more people by email, network messages, SMS notifications sent through an email-to-SMS gateway or service and includes SNMPv2 traps. The generation of SNMP alerts will also allow administrators to integrate GFI EventsManager with pre-existing or generic monitoring mechanisms.
Detection of Windows events that refer to administrators
GFI EventsManager can detect if a Windows event refers a user who is an administrator user, a feature that is required by certain regulations. GFI EventsManager checks the details of events and probes whether the usernames or SIDs in question correspond to administrator users. The product can also track changes in rights assignment (through Windows events) so that if a user becomes or stops being an administrator by the time an event has been generated, GFI EventsManager will report accordingly. To use this feature in domains, one must scan the domain controller before scanning other machine members.
GFI LanGuard and GFI EndPointSecurity data integration
GFI EventsManager offers a compelling view about the security status of your network and delivers better compliance reports by integrating key information provided by GFI LanGuard and GFI EndPointSecurity. This information refers to vulnerabilities, unauthorized applications, removable device usage and many more.
GFI EventsManager users can now benefit from the latest product patches and updates in a very easy and straightforward manner, thanks to the solutions auto-update feature. This periodically checks if there are new patches for the current version of the product, downloads the patches from the GFI website and installs them automatically.
Certified for Windows Server 2008; supports Windows 7
GFI EventsManager has achieved Certified for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 status and can be installed on, and collect events from Windows 7, Vista and 2008. Although these new platforms use a different log format, GFI EventsManager presents events from various operating systems in the same manner, thus allowing the user to see a common structure, regardless of the platform being monitored. GFI EventsManager also supports Windows 2000 (for collecting events only), Windows XP and Windows 2003.
GFI EventsManager audit for Windows
GFI EventsManager offers an audit system for Windows machines. It works through a scanning system based on checks which are pre-programmed. When a regular log scan is started on a Windows computer, GFI EventsManager Audit, when enabled, will execute all the selected checks. Once checks are done, their results will be written as events in the Windows application log of that machine or the local machine. After the audit, the usual log scanning will start and the new audit events will be available for processing too. Event processing rules can be defined to process the result of the checks. For instance, users can be alerted when a certain check has failed. These results can also be displayed on the dashboard showing the high importance events.
Through the GFI EventsManager Audit one can discover if there are:
Inactive users (users who havent logged on during the last 30 days)
Inactive machine members in a domain (machines not used during the last 30 days)
IPSec policies not active
Microsoft firewall products installed and not active
Slow responses to PING
Disk volumes running out of space
Deeper granular control of events
GFI EventsManager helps you monitor a wider range of systems and devices through the centralized logging and analysis of various log types including Windows events, Syslog, W3C and SNMP traps that are generated by network resources. Administrators can gather information from Windows machines and third-party devices and process it at a great level of granularity through alerts, views and reports.
Record what really happens behind the scenes in SharePoint
GFI EventsManager grants visibility of user activity on SharePoint, through a tool called LogBinder SP (developed by Randy Franklin Smith, a renowned security expert). LogBinder SP sits on top of a SharePoint server and translates the cryptic native SharePoint logs into user-friendly Windows events which GFI EventsManager can process and manage through dedicated reports, views and alerts. Click here for more information
New! Support for processing IBM iSeries (former AS/400) logs
GFI EventsManager can process logs generated by IBM iSeries systems through third party tools which are able to collect IBM iSeries (former AS/400) logs from the IBM servers and send those logs to GFI EventsManager in Syslog format. Click here for more information
New! Anonymization of personal data inside events
GFI EventsManager can help companies achieve compliance with specific regulations through the anonymization of personal data (i.e., user names and computer information that point to specific users) found in logs. Anonymization consists of encrypting the right data inside events when they are collected, through a key that is set by authorized person(s). The authorized person(s) can decrypt the anonymized data at any time.
Anonymization completely covers Windows Security, SQL and Oracle audit events.
Computer discovery and domain synchronization
It is possible to configure GFI EventsManager by automatically detecting computers from the network or by automatically synchronizing computer groups with computers from domains.
Support for new devices
Managing SNMP trap for myriad devices requires the ability to understand the language each manufacturer uses to define events. These definitions and the device information are contained in Management Information Base (MIB) definition files, provided by the manufacturers. GFI EventsManager ships with MIB definitions for the following vendors: Cisco, 3Com, IBM, HP, Check Point, Alcatel, Dell, Netgear, SonicWall, Juniper Networks, Arbor Networks, Oracle, Symantec, Allied Telesis and others. GFI EventsManager is capable of importing the MIB files.
SQL Server auditing
GFI EventsManager supports SQL server auditing for all commercial and free versions of SQL Server including 2000, 2005, 2008, MSDE and SQL Express. Auditing allows the user to track and report on SQL server activity such as: Running of SQL statements, altering DB tables, attempts to access data without necessary privileges, etc. This can ensure data in SQL servers is authentic and thus reliable.
Oracle audit support
Many companies use Oracle database servers and the activity on these servers need to be monitored for security or regulatory compliance purposes. GFI EventsManager can process Oracle audit records for versions 9i, 10g, and 11g.
Translates cryptic Windows events
Cryptic logs make log analysis a painful and lengthy process. GFI EventsManager translates those event descriptions to clear, concise explanations and suggestions for action.
High performance scanning engine
GFI EventsManager incorporates a totally redesigned event scanning engine that is fine-tuned for maximum scanning performance. Tests demonstrate that our engine is able to scan and collect up to six million events per hour. Its plug-in based methodology allows additional features and modules to be integrated without interfering with existing code.
Collect events data distributed over a WAN into one central database
You can collect events data from GFI EventsManager installations on multiple sites and locations across your network into one central database using the Database Operations functionality. This enables you to easily monitor thousands of workstations and servers across the network without impacting bandwidth and storage use. It integrates and centralizes events collected and processed and allows you to backup and restore events on demand. Through database operations you can manage the size of the database without the need for manual intervention not only by centralization but by also being able to export events and back them up as needed.
Create custom reports through exporting events into customizable HTML files
GFI EventsManager can export events from the event browsers into HTML format, based on templates which can be customized. These templates make it possible to choose the columns for reporting and perform column mappings. The layout of the HTML template can also be customized by editing the corresponding .css file.
Rule-based Event Log ManagementRule-based event log management
GFI EventsManager ships with a pre-configured set of log processing rules that allow you to filter and classify events that satisfy particular conditions. You can either run these default rules without performing any configuration, or you can choose to customize these rules and create tailored ones that suite your network infrastructure.
Advanced event filtering features
GFI EventsManagers powerful filtering sifts through recorded event logs allowing you to browse without deleting any records from your database backend. You may also selectively highlight specific events using a color or the integrated event finder tool.
Event log scanning profiles
Scanning profiles allow you to configure the set of event log monitoring rules that will be applied to a specific computer or to a group of computers. Profiles provide a centralized way of tuning event log processing rules. You can, for example, set up a set of rules that only apply to workstations in a particular department. Or you might create separate complementary profiles that provide additional and more specialized event log rules on a computer by computer basis.
Ensures compliancy with PCI DSS and other regulations
Data logging is key to meeting the requirements of different compliance regulations. Logs provide audit trails of the activities concerning sensitive or personal data; thus, a comprehensive log management system, such as GFI EventsManager, is what you need to be compliant. GFI EventsManager has general features that are useful for achieving compliance with many acts and it also provides dedicated built-in support for specific regulations like: PCI DSS, SOX, GLBA, HIPAA, GLBA, and Code Of Connection.
Support for virtual environments
Organizations that are currently using or plan to use virtualization on their network can still install and use a range of GFI products with confidence. GFI EventsManager supports and runs on the most common virtualization technologies in use, namely VMware, Microsoft Virtual Server and Microsoft Hyper-V.
Changelog for this release:
Support for processing IBM iSeries logs
GFI EventsManager can now process logs generated by IBM iSeries systems through third party tools which are able to collect iSeries logs from the IBM servers and send them to GFI EventsManager in Syslog format.
Anonymization of personal data inside events
GFI EventsManager can now help companies achieve compliance with specific regulations through the anonymization of personal data (i.e., user names and computer information that point to specific users) found in logs. Anonymization consists of encrypting the right data inside events when they are collected, through a key that is set by authorized person(s). The authorized person(s) can decrypt the anonymized data at any time. Anonymization completely covers Windows Security, SQL and Oracle audit events.
GFI Eventsmanager now offers new reports on configuration settings and scan status.
Support for MS SBS 2003 & 2008 (MS SBS not required), Microsoft Data Access, .NET Framework 2.0.