# Audit Log with Splunk

# Preamble

This guide explains how to use Splunk with Psono's audit logging. We assume that you have followed this general guide for audit log to configure the audit logs and see now events in your audit.log file.


This feature is only available in the Enterprise Edition.

# Shipping Logs

To ship your logs you have various highly specialized options that all depend on your infrastructure. We only focus here on the most prominent one with Splunk Universal Forwarder and Psono's custom solution with the help of Splunk's HTTP Event Collector

# Splunk Universal Forwarder

The most prominent option is to install a Splunk Universal Forwarder, that watches the audit.log file.

  1. Installation

    Instructions how to install one in general can be found here docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Forwarder/8.1.0/Forwarder/Installanixuniversalforwarder (opens new window)

  2. Install Add-On

    Afterwards you can install the Splunk Add-On for Psono (opens new window). It will contain monitors for the audit.log and health checks.

# Native


Please be aware that Psono's native Splunk implementation is not as sophisticated as a Splunk Universal Forwarder and will lose data in the event of e.g. network issues.

  1. Configure Splunk HTTP Event Collector

    Psono's native implementation relies on the Splunk HTTP Event Collector. Detailed information how to configure one can be found here dev.splunk.com/enterprise/docs/devtools/httpeventcollector/ (opens new window)

    Please take notes of the host, port and the token.

  2. Configure Psono server

    There are a couple of variables that you need / can adjust in the settings.yaml

    • SPLUNK_HOST The host, e.g. an ip or a domain
    • SPLUNK_PORT The port, e.g. 8088 that you configured in the splunk http event collector
    • SPLUNK_TOKEN The token of your splunk http event collector
    • SPLUNK_INDEX The splunk index that you want the events to end up in. By default 'main'
    • SPLUNK_PROTOCOL 'http' or 'https' to indicate the protocol. By default 'https'
    • SPLUNK_VERIFY True or False to indicate whether to verify certificates. By default True
    • SPLUNK_SOURCETYPE The source type. By default 'psono:auditLog' (that one is compatible with the provided splunk addons)


    Don't forget to restart the server afterward.

# Visualising Logs

We are providing here an app that contains dashboards that will help you to understand and audit all events that are recorded.

Splunk App for Psono (opens new window)

In order for the dashboards to work the logs need to have the correct source type of psono:auditLog (the default for SPLUNK_SOURCETYPE).