Installing OSSEC on Mac OS

Sometimes building and deploying open-source systems on the Mac OS can be a bit of a pain. Don’t get me wrong I love the Mac, and most things Apple for that matter. But some of the libraries in the system tool chain are bit outdated. For those of you who want to run OSSEC on OS X Yosemite, you’ll […]


Create an OSSEC Log Management Console with Kibana 4

It’s been awhile since Kibana 4 was released, so I figured it was about time I updated my OSSEC Log Management Console to use the latest and greatest Kibana. The look and feel of Kibana has changed quite a bit, with a new data discovery mode that let’s you browse your data quickly before you create […]

Java Jersey 2.x

RESTful Java Web Services with NetBeans 8 , Jersey 2.5 and Tomcat 8

Recently one of my resders commented on my RESTful Web Services with NetBeans, Jersey, and Tomcat blog that the Github project I set up does not work out of the box for NetBeans 8.x. That is indeed the case so I decided to update the article and project to handle a new Jersey environment. For a general […]

Elasticsearch snapshots

Creating Elasticsearch Snapshots

Benjamin Franklin once wrote “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. In this computerized world of ours, I would add having to backup your data to free up disk space to that list of eventualities. For Elasticsearch users, backups are done using the Elasticsearch snapshot facility. In this […]


Improved OSSEC Log Parsing with Logstash

The ELK stack (Elasticsearch-Logstash-Kibana) provides a cost effective alternative to commercial SIEMs for ingesting and managing OSSEC alert logs. Previously I wrote a blog – OSSEC Log Management with Elasticsearch – that discusses the design of an ELK based log system. Since then some readers have asked for and suggested ways to parse additional fields […]

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