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From Data to Information to Knowledge to Intelligence

Part 2: The answer is logs

The answer is Logs.

Logs are the only metadata that exists today that:

  1. Is widely available
  2. Is 100% collectable
  3. Is 100% storable
  4. On which we can run intelligent reports
  5. Allows us to understand the kinetics aspects of this ever-changing data

For example logs allow us to understand if a data has had several versions and iterations and, for each iteration:

  1. Who created, modified or deleted the data
  2. When was the information created/modified/deleted
  3. What device was used for the creation/modification/deletion
  4. Was that creation/modification/deletion authorized
  5. It even gives us some context information that we can use in order to infer some additional information

In fact, properly used logs allow us to understand a lot about how the data came about and the different iterations of this data.

Granted, this is not as good as the brain’s holographic capabilities to keep and process so much history and context about each version and iteration of data, but in the context of Information Technology it is the best we can do today.

And a good way of managing logs in an Information Technology framework would certainly help us emulate the way our brain works.

A good Log Management solution is a solution that collects 100% of the logs 100% of the time, stores all this data and provides intuitive searching and reporting mechanisms to better understand some aspects of the changes applied to the actual data. If this solution provides for alerting mechanisms to flag for unauthorized or otherwise unusual behavior then it’s even better.

These solutions can help us put the animation back into what has traditionally been a one-dimensional approach to a multi-dimensional issue.

And data got much closer to information.

And information got closer to knowledge. And knowledge got closer to intelligence.

Thanks to logs and thanks to Log Management and Intelligence Solutions.

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Gorka is a natural born entrepreneur with a deep understanding of Technology, IT Security and how these create value in the Marketplace. He is today offering innovative European startups the opportunity to benefit from the Silicon Valley ecosystem accelerators. Gorka spent the last 20 years initiating, building and growing businesses that provide technology solutions to the Industry. From General Manager Spain, Italy and Portugal for LogLogic, defining Next Generation Log Management and Security Forensics, to Director Unisys France, bringing Cloud Security service offerings to the market, from Director of Emerging Technologies at NetScreen, defining Next Generation Firewall, to Director of Performance Engineering at INS, removing WAN and Internet bottlenecks, Gorka has always been involved in innovative Technology and IT Security solutions, creating successful Business Units within established Groups and helping launch breakthrough startups such as KOLA Kids OnLine America, a social network for safe computing for children, SourceFire, a leading network security solution provider, or Ibixis, a boutique European business accelerator.