LOGbinder SP translates cryptic SharePoint audit data into easy-to-understand messages
and sends them to your SIEM – where they belong. LOGbinder SP does not require an
agent to be installed on your SharePoint servers, nor does it make intrusive changes
to your SharePoint environment. We simply bridge the gap by bringing application
security intelligence on SharePoint to your security operations center.
- Translates cryptic SharePoint audit data in to easy-to-understand events
- Sends SharePoint audit events to your SIEM using the best method
- Centrally manages audit policy for the entire farm
- Safely purges internal audit log
- Safeguards audit log integrity
LOGbinder SP is a small, efficient Windows service that runs on any Windows server
that is a member of your SharePoint farm. This can be an existing SharePoint server
or a dedicated server – even a VM. It just needs to be a member of the farm so that
LOGbinder can interface with the SharePoint API. Regardless of how many servers are
in the farm, you usually only need to install one instance of LOGbinder SP per farm.
Only one instance of LOGbinder SP is usually required per SharePoint farm and
LOGbinder SP can coexist with other LOGbinder products like LOGbinder EX for Exchange and
LOGbinder SQL for SQL Server.
Once started and using the minimum necessary privileges, the LOGbinder SP service
frequently searches the internal SharePoint audit log for new events and then translates
them into easy-to-read events which it then forwards to your SIEM solution. If LOGbinder
SP sees activity that indicates potential privileged user tampering with audit policy
configuration or unauthorized log purging, it inserts additional warning events
into the audit stream.
Periodically, LOGbinder SP checks for new site collections and configures them with
your specified default audit policy. Every 24 hours LOGbinder purges events already
sent to your SIEM from the SharePoint content database so that resources are conserved.
LOGbinder SP has special technology to compensate for SharePoint memory leaks, preserve
stability, control memory and CPU footprint and reduce queries associated with
name resolution, to ensure audit integrity is maintained, and make troubleshooting
Where can I learn more about the SharePoint Audit Log?
What can I monitor with the SharePoint Audit Log and LOGbinder SP?
What does LOGbinder SP do to my SharePoint installation? Does it modify SharePoint?
Will it conflict with any other SharePoint extensions or modifications?
"Nothing" and "no" are the short answers. LOGbinder SP is a Windows service that
runs independently of SharePoint. There are NO changes to SharePoint whatsoever
other than configuring SharePoint's audit feature and purging the SharePoint audit
log of old events if you configure LOGbinder SP to do so.
Will LOGbinder SP slow down my server or cause other resource issues?
No, the LOGbinder SP service is a tiny executable program that efficiently checks
the SharePoint audit log for entries and uses limited resources while processing
LOGbinder SP runs at a lower priority than SharePoint, so it will never compete
with SharePoint for resources.
Your SharePoint audit policy has the biggest impact on what resources LOGbinder
needs; for each site collection, consider whether you really need to audit read/view
How secure is LOGbinder SP?
LOGbinder is fully integrated with Windows security and complies with widely accepted
secure design and coding techniques.
At installation, LOGbinder secures the folder permissions where the software files
reside. To protect LOGbinder's configuration from tampering, LOGbinder encrypts
its configuration data.
LOGbinder security requirements are greatly simplified since LOGbinder does not
store your audit log data. LOGbinder is designed to quickly get audit events
out of the SharePoint audit log and to the destination of your choice, at which
point your log management solution takes over. If you configure LOGbinder
SP to direct events to the Windows security log, you leverage the significant effort
Microsoft has invested in protecting the security log. And if you are already
collecting Windows security logs with your log management application, SharePoint
events will automatically be included when you install LOGbinder SP.
LOGbinder SP's design helps you fulfill separation of duty and audit trail integrity
requirements by quickly getting audit events off the system where they are produced
(and thus vulnerable to intruders or malicious administrators) and into your separate
and secure log management system.
Does LOGbinder SP require much configuration?
LOGbinder SP installs in about 2 minutes and only requires a few settings:
- Select which site collections for LOGbinder to translate the audit log
- Specify the user account LOGbinder should run as
- Choose whether to output events to custom LOGbinder SP event log, to the actual
Windows Security Log, syslog or to a text file.
How do you monitor LOGbinder SP’s health?
Check the Application log for warnings or errors from source LOGbndSE.
Why doesn’t LOGbinder SP include alerting or long term archival capability?
These are functions of a log management solution. LOGbinder complements and
enhances the value of your log management solution. If you do not already have a
log management solution, we can provide a simple, inexpensive, but dependable solution
from our partner and we will help you install and configure it.
How does LOGbinder SP integrate with my current log management solution?
With LOGbinder, any log management solution that supports Windows event logs, text
file or syslog can now collect, monitor, archive, and report on SharePoint audit
log activity. Also, see next Q&A.
Which output formats does LOGbinder SP currently support?
LOGbinder can output to either the Windows Security Log, syslog, text file, or a
custom Windows event log called LOGbinder SP.
How is LOGbinder SP licensed?
Does LOGbinder SP need to be installed on the SharePoint server?
You do not need to install LOGbinder SP on a production SharePoint server.
The SharePoint object model classes that provide access to the SharePoint audit
log require code to run locally. To audit a given SharePoint farm, LOGbinder SP
needs to be installed on just one of the servers to fully audit the farm. This can
be an existing SharePoint production server or a new server you deploy for LOGbinder
SP (usually a virtual machine).
What user credentials must be assigned to LOGbinder SP? Why?
The account used to run the LOGbinder application must be a member of the server's
local Administrators group and a SharePoint farm administrator.
The account you choose for the LOGbinder service (which can be the same)
must also be a SharePoint farm administrator and an administrator
on each site collection being monitored.
These requirements come from SharePoint in order to access the SharePoint audit log.
This account needs to be authorized to run as a service, and if outputting the Security log,
must be authorized to write to the Security log.
Does LOGbinder SP support multiple SharePoint site collections?
Yes. With LOGbinder SP you can configure the SharePoint audit policy and enable/disable
translation of the audit log for each site collection on the SharePoint server.
Your SIEM or log management solution already does a great job at collecting, archiving,
correlating and reporting on security logs. We just extend that capability to SharePoint.
LOGbinder SP works with any SIEM, log management or Big Data platform that can consume:
- Windows event logs
- Text files
- Syslog UDP
- Common Event Format (ArcSight)
- LEEF for Qradar (Future release)
In addition, we provide Recommended Report and Alert specifications so that you
can intelligently respond to and analyze SharePoint security activity once it’s
in your SIEM. If your SIEM vendor is one of our Synergy Partners, your SIEM
already understands SharePoint events from LOGbinder. If not, introduce us to your
SIEM vendor; we’d love to work with them!