Start taking logging seriously

Maintaining situational awareness is a prerequisite to an effective operational security program. It should be straightforward to centralize log collection and perform basic analysis and alerting. Unfortunately, many product developers seriously neglect remote logging capability.

A recent experience with OpenVPN Access Server (AS) serves as a good example. OpenVPN AS is a popular commercial VPN gateway with a web-based interface. It can be installed on a variety of Linux operating systems and is available as a virtual appliance and Amazon AMI. OpenVPN AS is commonly used for secure remote access to corporate networks and cloud environments.

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