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Real Time Activity Logging At New York Agency

Novell : 04 April, 2011  (Application Story)
HHS-Connect is using Novell Sentinel for IT Security and event monitoring over large-scale network involving 80,000 constituents
Real Time Activity Logging At New York Agency

Novell is working with New York City Health and Human Services Connect (HHS-Connect) to monitor security events, make sense of data and improve auditing capabilities to support more than 80,000 constituents including clients, agencies, city workers and non-profit providers.


After researching a number of commercial and custom solutions, HHS-Connect choose Novell Sentinel and Novell Sentinel Log Manager to monitor its IT systems in real-time. The public sector agency uses Novell Sentinel to detect and log security events including application transactions, web service calls and authentication events, each day. The software collects and analysed log data to recognise anomalies and potential policy violations quickly .


The solution is helping HHS-Connect to improve its auditing and reporting capabilities across HHS-Connect's network of nine agencies, each of which has their own commercial and homegrown IT solutions.


Lou Sell, chief architect for New York City Health and Human Services says, “Historically, HHS had no overarching enterprise architectural strategy. Each agency built their own solutions over the years to suit specific business problems. We needed the ability to monitor security events from all these systems to prevent policy violations, but manually reviewing and correlating these logs would have taken an inordinate amount of time. We simply didn't have the manpower.”


“Novell Sentinel and Novell Sentinel Log Manager have enabled us to make sense of data from myriad of sources, so we can quickly identify and respond to any system anomalies and potential policy violations. We now have a single point of control for collecting and analysing logs, making it easier to gain a holistic view of our environment and proactively monitor any potential security issues. The solution requires less overhead to maintain than a custom application. In fact, Novell Sentinel and Novell Sentinel Log Manager have already paid for themselves.”

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