1. Multiple Platform Support
It’s not uncommon for a typical enterprise today to run on Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX or even HP-UX. For this reason, it’s best to look for an FIM solution than can monitor multiple platforms without incompatibility issues.
2. Easy Integration
The FIM of your choice should be able to seamlessly work with other data security solutions such as correlating change data with event and log data. This allows your team to quickly identify, trace, and relate problem-causing changes with each other.
A great example of this is how Cimtrak complements anti-virus or other malware preventing technologies by acting as a last line of defense. CimTrak detects changes caused by malware which may not yet be signatured and potentially bypass your existing security defenses.
3. Extended Perimeter Protection
Go for a file integrity monitoring solution that extends beyond change detection in files and its attributes. Your FIM solution should also take network devices into account such as firewalls, routers, switches, and VPN (virtual private network) concentrators.
4. Smarter Change Detection
Detecting a change at a minimum means identifying if a hash of the file has changed. A more robust file integrity monitoring solution can look at several attributes related to a file in addition to the hash.
All of this additional metadata provides greater insight of the true nature of the change. For example, changing the owner of a file does not change its contents. This means the hash would stay the same. However, a more sophisticated FIM allows you to understand if the file’s owner has been changed. Most FIM solutions today are unable to provide the “who changed the data” information.
5. Multi-Level Logging and Simplified Reporting
Old school FIM solutions typically run on each individual machine. Modern FIM tools like CimTrak provide an integrated view of all changes throughout the network. This allows you to manage all of the servers in a single view.
Another thing to look for in an FIM solution is high-level reporting of rollup information. Ideally, your FIM tool should have a sophisticated dashboard that allows you to examine the state of your infrastructure at an advanced level and consequently drill down volumes of change data into actionable information.
6. Simplified Rule Configuration
Your FIM solution should have a method to easily define monitoring rules for a server or device. In addition, there should be a mechanism to replicate those rules to many devices across your infrastructure.
7. Real-Time Monitoring
This feature safeguards the integrity of your IT infrastructure by comparing misconfigurations in real time against your internal standards or external policies for compliance and security best practices.
Feel free to contact E-SPIN for the solution for your system and operation to reduce risk of your businesses and organization. We can secure and protect your businesses with our various software security technology, include file integrity monitoring (FIM) technologies and solutions.