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.

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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.

Course syllabus

Log Life CycleDuration: 16:53

Planning the log life cycle.

Collecting the LogsDuration: 16:18

Log centralization and some alternatives for log collection.

Time StampsDuration: 10:28

The importance of time stamps and time synchronization.

Status CodesDuration: 17:26

Understanding the HTTP status codes.

Profiling the Web ServerDuration: 22:55

Different characteristics that can be used to profile a web server.

Security OnionDuration: 29:57

Introduction to Security Onion and network security monitoring.

Anomaly DetectionDuration: 30:39

Leveraging the baseline to detect anomalies.

AlertingDuration: 15:12

The importance of setting up good alerting and alerting considerations.

Meet the author

Manuel Leos Rivas


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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