ASD's Blueprint for Secure Cloud

System Monitoring

This page provides a template and guidance to assist organisations in documenting their approach to system monitoring, including event logging and monitoring, associated with their system(s) built on ASD's Blueprint for Secure Cloud.

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Event logging and monitoring


ISM controls relating to the system monitoring of <SYSTEM-NAME>’s are applicable to and covered by this section of the SSP.


Organisational policies and processes implemented

The collection of event logs for monitoring of <SYSTEM-NAME> is performed in accordance with <ORGANISATION-NAME>’s Event Logging Policy.


Technical controls implemented

Technical controls for system monitoring of <SYSTEM-NAME> are configured with reference to ASD’s Blueprint for Secure Cloud including the following technical configuration:

  • Defender for Endpoint and Defender for Microsoft 365 centralise logs relating to the security of devices and Microsoft services
  • Windows devices and Microsoft 365 services leverage Microsoft’s Window Time service
  • Microsoft Entra ID logs authentication events to Log Analytics
  • the following events are logged to the local event log on each Windows endpoint:
  • access to important data and processes
  • application crashes and any error messages
  • attempts to use special privileges
  • changes to accounts
  • changes to security policy
  • changes to system configurations
  • DNS and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) requests
  • failed attempts to access data and system resources
  • service failures and restarts
  • system startup and shutdown
  • transfer of data to external media
  • user or group management
  • use of special privileges
  • logs include the date and time of the event, the relevant user or process, the event description, and the ICT equipment involved are recorded
  • logs stored in Log Analytics are protected from unauthorised access, modification and deletion by the Microsoft Entra ID RBAC model.
  • Standard Windows users do not have access to modify the local event logs.


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