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How to setup a Syslog Server?

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I need help setting up a Syslog server. I need to capture the logs of my Cisco ASAs on this server so I can check these logs at a later time.

Is there a software or program know to work well to do this task and that complies with FINRA and HIPPA and preferably free?

How much capacity should I allocate to collect these logs?

Thanks for your help.
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There are many. As far as specific FINRA/HIPAA compliance, syslog server programs are part of a compliance strategy. If you want a specific signoff that a product is deemed 'HIPAA-compliant', then you'll likely have to get that from the company that makes the sofware.

Not a ton of free ones out there...here's an example of a basic product that doesn't cost a ton.

http://www.kiwisyslog.com/

It once was a free product, but no longer. Not too bad, though.

Here's a free one...

http://www.whatsupgold.com/free-software/network-tools/syslog-server.aspx


As far as size, that all depends on your retention plans/needs. How long will you be retaining the logs?
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Question, do we need to set a retention time or could we manually clear up the logs? We are planning to have a retention time for a month or maybe a bit more.
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Sure. Set it for the amount of time you want to retain and just watch the log sizes as you move forward through time. You should be all set.
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Thanks for your help.
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