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Five Tools for User Activity Monitoring

As discussed in our blog post [What is User Activity Monitoring?], user activity monitoring (UAM) is a form of surveillance that provides visibility and insight into employee productivity and engagement while also revealing insider security threats. While UAM on company-owned or company-sanctioned devices and networks is legal, ethical and HR considerations require that UAM be implemented with a high level of professionalism and sensitivity.

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What Is User Activity Monitoring?

User Activity Monitoring (UAM) tracks the behavior of internal end-users—employees, subcontractors, partners, and so on—on a company’s networks, devices, and other IT resources. UAM, sometimes also called employee monitoring, may be deployed for a number of reasons, such as providing insight into the productivity of both individual employees and the company as a whole. Is Employee X spending too much time browsing the internet for non-business purposes during work time?

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Deploying Redis with the ELK Stack

In a previous post, I explained the role Apache Kafka plays in production-grade ELK deployments, as a message broker and a transport layer deployed in front of Logstash. As I mentioned in that piece, Redis is another common option. I recently found out that it is even more popular than Kafka! Known for its flexibility, performance and wide language support, Redis is used both as a database and cache but also as a message broker.

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A Guide to Open Source Monitoring Tools

Open source is one of the key drivers of DevOps. The need for flexibility, speed, and cost-efficiency, is pushing organizations to embrace an open source-first approach when designing and implementing the DevOps lifecycle. Monitoring — the process of gathering telemetry data on the operation of an IT environment to gauge performance and troubleshoot issues — is a perfect example of how open source acts as both a driver and enabler of DevOps methodologies.

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The Importance of Security in IoT

IoT, or the Internet of Things, has made its way into every corner of our lives. Once upon a time, the idea of an inescapable internet may have seemed like a far-off dream. Today, it’s our reality. Internet connected devices are everywhere—from our fitness trackers to our vehicles and appliances. These devices track our sleep patterns, enable us to set our coffee machines remotely, and find our pets after they have wandered off, among countless other tasks.

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Using the Mutate Filter in Logstash

One of the benefits of using Logstash in your data pipelines is the ability to transform the data into the desired format according to the needs of your system and organization. There are many ways of transforming data in Logstash, one of them is using the mutate filter plugin. This Logstash filter plugin allows you to force fields into specific data types and add, copy, and update specific fields to make them compatible across the environment.

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CI/CD Tools for Cloud Applications on Kubernetes

Kubernetes is the de facto industry standard for container management and orchestration. Not surprisingly, it has also become common to use Kubernetes in tandem with compatible Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) tools. As a container orchestrator, Kubernetes expects deployments to spin up software throughout a cluster. Those deployments are created using files or command lines that can be generated manually or using properly configured CI/CD software.

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Distributed Tracing with Jaeger and the ELK Stack

Over the past few years, and coupled with the growing adoption of microservices, distributed tracing has emerged as one of the most commonly used monitoring and troubleshooting methodologies. New tracing tools and frameworks are increasingly being introduced, driving adoption even further. One of these tools is Jaeger, a popular open source tracing tool. This article explores the integration of Jaeger with the ELK Stack for analysis and visualization of traces.

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Apache Tomcat Monitoring with ELK and Logz.io

Apache Tomcat is the most popular application server for serving Java applications. Widely-used, mature and well documented, Tomcat can probably be defined as the de-facto industry standard. Some sources put Tomcat’s market share at over 60%! Tomcat is particularly popular for serving smaller applications since it doesn’t require the full Java EE platform. It consumes a relatively small amount of resources and provides users with simpler admin features.