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Event Log Monitoring / Port Monitoring Software?

Posted on 2007-11-17
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I am looking for useful Event Log Monitoring software, as well as any software tools to scan open ports on our web server running Microsoft Server 2003 R2 and SQL Standard 2005.  We want to monitor hack attempts as well as make the server as tight as possible.
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For scanners:
http://www.nessus.org/download/
http://insecure.org/nmap/

For Log Monitoring, I know GFI offers a solution:
http://www.gfi.com/lanselm/


If you want to monitor, check out some IDS software or hardware.  You can download snort for free:
http://www.snort.org/

Here's some best practice guides from MS:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/ace052a0-a713-423e-8e8c-4bf198f597b81033.mspx?mfr=true
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/prodtech/iis.mspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/bb331769.aspx

If you really want to go out, you can get a Cisco Engineer in to switch you all over to Cisco equipment.  They also offer an IDS, and they have a complete logging solution that will gather logs and notify any attacks on the network.  If you go that route, you're best off getting an engineer unless you really know your stuff.
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