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Monitoring

In this course, you’ll explore the different elements involved in planning the monitoring of a web server, as well as what to look for on the logs and alarms.

    Syllabus

  • Anomaly Detection Video — 00:30:39
    • Leveraging the baseline to detect anomalies.

  • Profiling the Web Server Video — 00:22:55
    • Different characteristics that can be used to profile a web server.

  • Time Stamps Video — 00:10:28
    • The importance of time stamps and time synchronization.

  • Log Life Cycle Video — 00:16:53
    • Planning the log life cycle.

  • Alerting Video — 00:15:12
    • The importance of setting up good alerting and alerting considerations.

  • Security Onion Video — 00:29:57
    • Introduction to Security Onion and network security monitoring.

  • Status Codes Video — 00:17:26
    • Understanding the HTTP status codes.

  • Collecting the Logs Video — 00:16:18
    • Log centralization and some alternatives for log collection.

Syllabus

Course description

Learn about the considerations for planning a web server platform for monitoring and log collection, as well as the importance of time synchronization and identifying characteristics of what normal is in a web application in order to leverage that knowledge for identifying anomalies. The course also includes an introduction to Security Onion and network security monitoring and how to use it to monitor the webserver traffic. You’ll also learn considerations for setting up good alerts.

Meet the author

Manuel earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Systems Engineering at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico and a Master of Sciences in Information Security Engineering with focus on Incident Response at the SANS Technology Institute. He holds around 40 cybersecurity-related certifications.

He started working full-time in the information security field in early 2000. Since 2012, Manuel has worked as a security expert, including supporting over a thousand WAFs to protect a variety of web applications. Starting in 2016, Manuel committed part of his personal time to improve the OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set, becoming an active rule developer. Since then he has contributed numerous new rules, fixed false positives and false negatives and assisted with many other improvements.

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