Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Finally, Common Event Expression (CEE) is Out!!!

After long months of undercover work, CEE is ready to be presented to the world. Keep in mind, you read it here first!

Below is an excerpt from a brochure, to be published at MITRE's site any day now. I do think that the world is ready for another battle for the establishment of a logging standard, after a long string of miserable failures.

"Common Event Expression (CEE™): A standard log language for event interoperability in electronic systems.

CEE standardizes the way computer events are described, logged, and exchanged. By utilizing a common language and syntax, CEE takes the guesswork out of even the most menial of event- or log-related tasks. Tasks including log correlation and aggregation, enterprise-wide log management, auditing, and incident handling which once required expensive, specialized analysts or equipment can now be performed more efficiently and produce better results.

Why CEE?

If multiple systems observe the same occurrence, it should be expected that their description of that event is identical. When combined with relevant event details (time, source, destination), a computer should be able to immediately determine whether two or more logs, data logs, audit logs, alerts, alarms, or audit trails refer to the same event. In order to make this happen, there needs to be a scalable, well-defined way to express events."

I will post more stuff as well as the link to the brochure, when it is available. Next: four areas of log standardization, recommended by CEE. Stand by!

Dr Anton Chuvakin