Carmarthenshire County Council recently chose Trustwave SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) to reduce the cost of meeting regulations associated with the sharing of information on the Government’s secure extranet. The Welsh county council reviewed alternative solutions when its incumbent solution ran out of capacity and needed upgrading. All public bodies that connect to the UK Government’s Connect Secure Extranet are required to comply with a Code of Conduct, known as the Good Practice Guideline (GPG)13. This directive stipulates the need to maintain comprehensive log records of all failed network authentications for at least a month. To meet this requirement, the Council was logging 33 million events per day that it needed to store and analyse to produce regular reports. Idris Evans, the council’s IT Security Manager responsible for the 3,200-user network, claims the solution saves both time and money. Hardware storage costs are reduced as the system allows analysis of the log data stored online. The council’s previous solution only allowed 18 days’ worth of logs online, with the remainder stored offline. The IT department also required four hours to retrieve and analyse data each time they wanted to run a report. The new system delivers 2-3 years’ worth of online log storage capacity and takes minutes to analyse. The council is also planning to enable the local police force to use the solution for its own log monitoring purposes, but with completely segregated logs.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.