What's the comparison between SCOM Audit Collection Service and other logging solution?

If we already have SCOM 2012 R2 infrastructure without ACS implementation, do we need to consider any other logging solution like ELK (Elasticsearxh, Logstash, and Kibana) or should we go for ACS? If yes, what are plus points of ACS?

By the way, we want to collect our Security events like file server and AD objects auditing,
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
ACS is different from SIEM which the ELK. ACS is limited to Windows Security event (though it can still read other Host OS syslog in Solaris/AIX/Linux/Unix) while ELK or SIEMS achieve the ability to normalize multiple event streams so that data formats and time stamps conform to a standardized format before being stored in a database. Those data is then correlated and analyzed further. ACS do not go to that deep depth extent than other SIEM. ACS may be a good fit especially if they already have SCOM deployed though it does not collect data from network infrastructure devices. SCOM can monitor ACS performance too which further leverage on what you already have.

Some consideration for use case if really wanted a full fledged SIEM will be covering areas like
>Data volume and throughput - How many devices and events per second to be monitored?
>Storage requirements - How much data growth and expansion for a regular checks e.g. daily/weekly/monthly/yearly basis?
>Data retention - How long to keep the data esp for regulatory requirements?
>Device & application support - What other more devices and applications to support in future?
>Forensic quality data - Will foresee data used for legal submission as a chain of custody requirement?

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A1opusAuthor Commented:

So, if we meet the following points, you are recommending ACS for time being:

1. Windows infrastructure
2. We want to monitor Windows security events only
3. We already have a robust SCOM 2012 R2 environment.

btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Yes that is what ACS is supposed to do as core function with its necessary setup of collectors to into its central log for oversight. This is already spelled out in https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh212908.aspx
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