Identifying and collecting pertinent information is the most essential part of log management. Purchasing an expensive system alone does not solve this problem – the goals of the service must be defined in advance.
Effective log management means planned production, collection, storage, utilization and deletion of logs – covering their entire lifecycle. Log management essentially comprises log management policy to provide direction, effective processes to maintain continuity and professional personnel to ensure issues are acted upon. The activity itself must be carefully planned to prepare for unexpected situations.