How OS Updates, Event Logs, and Backups Work

Information security management is an ongoing challenge for IT and network administrators. There are many different types of information security software on the market that ranges from software that is appropriate for personal PCs to software that is equipped to handle the security concerns of major IT networks for mid to large sized organizations.

For many mid to large sized organizations, running an information security infrastructure is not only a necessity. A solid information security infrastructure is also a requirement due to the increasing number of laws, codes, and regulations that pertain to maintaining information security for organizations of all sizes.

Three Main Components of Information Security Management

There are three main components that are used to secure information on a large network system. These are components that are used in conjunction with other network security features such as intrusion detection and firewalls.

  • OS Updates: OS Updates are operating system updates that are included with the information security infrastructure that is used on a network system. The operating system updates contain a patch management solution that provides a detailed analysis of network activity according to OS updates and then deploys and tracks the security patches according to the reported activity. OS Updates also monitors the network system for any new viruses or security breach attempts and then deploys the patches to eliminate any new viruses or suspicious activity.
  • Event Logs: The event log in an information security system contains a system log which contains activity related to services and drivers as well as browser events, a security log which audits activity related to the SQL service and virus detection, and an applications log which monitors specific applications used by an organization to run its operations. Events logs are essential for identifying issues related to security breaches and also help to determine solutions for the activity which has occurred.
  • Backups: Information security backups accommodate the data security requirements of organizations by providing solutions for automatically backing up program settings, software programs, email clients, folders, files, and any other data that is processed and used by an organization. The backup supports information security management infrastructure in the event of a firewall breach or other intrusion related to a virus, worm, or Trojan. Most backup programs have an online support feature, data integrity testing, customized security options, cataloging, scripting, as well as mirror, incremental and normal backups. Backup programs also contain a feature that enables the administrator to schedule automatic backups at regular intervals.
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