Friday, August 14, 2009

Log Standards Make A HUGE Step

Quietly, sometimes with tiny steps and sometimes with long delays for deep meditation :-), the case for log standardization moves forward. Recently, at RSA2009 and BlackHat2009 meetings, the CEE team has managed to achieve a breakthrough and actually resolve many of the highly debated issues of taxonomy, definitions, formats and even of the future CEE compliance program. Of course, not all of the trouble spots are resolved – the log standardization remains as devilishly hard as it always has been!

For example, here is how far the Common Event Expression has progressed:

MITRE is continuing work on the Common Event Expression (CEE) standard
in conjunction with the Editorial Board and various organizations.
The past months have been spent on the drafting and validation of a
proposal for the initial CEE Specification.

This specification was submitted to the Editorial Board last month.
MITRE is currently working at rolling in the comments received from
the Board, and expect to have a new draft for their review in the next
couple of weeks.
Once the Board has approved the specification, the specification will
be posted to the CEE Community for feedback. We expect this to occur
within the next month. Our goal is to have final proposal that the
community can agree to by the end of 2009
. “


“Proposed Specification
MITRE in collaboration with industry and government offer the Common
Event Expression (CEET) Architectural Proposal for the Core
Components as the basis to standardize event logs from electronic
systems. This paper builds on the CEE proposal summarized in the
Common Event Expression Whitepaper by defining the core components'
architecture needed to enable collaborative efforts in the creation
of an open, practical, and industry-accepted event interoperability
standard for electronic systems.
This specification summarizes CEE and provides details on the
architecture of the core components including the data dictionary,
syntax specifications, and event taxonomies.
This proposal is the
first in a collection of documents and specifications. The
combination of the documents and specifications provides the
necessary pieces to create a complete event log standard, which can
be mapped against the four components of CEE: Transport, Syntax,
Taxonomy, and Log Recommendations. “

Finally, CEE and the - previously thought to be lost - cause for log standardization now have a secret weapon: the EMAP, SCAP’s evil twin.

You thought government will mandate which health insurance you’d have? Ha-ha-ha, how about what logs you’d have? ;-) [but unlike health insurance, that would be a good thing!![

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Dr Anton Chuvakin