Processing engine for security health checks

University essay from Lunds universitet/Högskoleingenjörsutbildning i datateknik

Abstract: Computer security is still an often neglected field even though the IT industry is huge and still growing. Making sure that systems are secure is something that is very important but can take a lot of man hours. This thesis contains the research and documentation for an auditing tool created on behalf of a company that specialises in computer security, TrueSec. The audit tool uses the log files that are built from the scripts that TrueSec uses to runs various unix commands as a base, but it has been designed in such a way to allow the addition of other types of logs. The tool was designed with future development in mind. It uses configuration files that are seperated from the code itself to declare rules which the log files are checked against, allowing the tool to evolve with time by adding new rules. At the request of TrueSec a simple web service as a proof of concept for an online service with an authentication model with log in and user roles for uploading log files and storing the output from the audit tool was also developed.

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