Alert Log Proposes Cloud Log to IETF

Online security firm Alert Logic ( announced on Monday that it has proposed CloudLog as an informational request for comment to the standards track of the Internet Engineering Task Force ( CloudLog will define specifications for logging information to determine how many users share hardware and what their identities and roles are.

"Alert Logic has a long history of helping cloud and hosting service providers address the challenges of security and compliance," Misha Govshteyn, VP of technology and service provider solutions at Alert Logic said in a statement. "However, security vendors can't solve this problem alone. CloudLog is meant to provide a simple mechanism for everyone in the cloud technology stack to easily expose the required information in an easily consumable fashion to answer what has become a surprisingly complex question in cloud environments: who accessed which system and when?"

Alert Logic says that CloudLog will answer these specifications in regard to virtualized environments, as "there is no guarantee that the same VM image will be running on the same hardware in its next reincarnation."

"We look to industry leaders like Alert Logic to provide insight and subject matter expertise so we can stay focused on our service delivery," Ed Laczynski of Datapipe said. "Driving this open-standard for cloud logging enables us to continue to deliver compliant solutions knowing the audit and identity logs are meaningful in our cloud environments."

Recently Datapipe added Alert Logic's log management solutions to its portfolio.

CloudLog is still in the proposal stage to the IETF, but supporters of the standard include Dr. Rich Wolski of Eucalyptus Systems, Adam Greenfield of, John Eastman of Mezeo Software and John Viega of Perimeter E-security.

In October 2010, SaaS and cloud vendor community EuroCloud UK ( discussed collective action for cloud standards with other industry organizations at Building Confidence in the Cloud conference in London.

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