The introduction of the Government Connect Secure Extranet (GCSx) and Code of Connection (CoCo) initiatives in the U.K. signalled the need for Cardiff County Council to reevaluate how it handled its log data. Since installing a log data management, analysis and event management solution from LogRhythm, Cardiff County Council has not only achieved GCSx and CoCo compliance, but has improved its reporting mechanisms and enhanced network performance analysis.
Like all English and Welsh local authorities, Cardiff County Council was urged to join the UK GCSx initiative aimed at creating a private wide area network for secure communications between connected government organisations. As part of this, local authorities must sign up to the Code of Connection (CoCo) which includes specific requirements on log data.
Cardiff County Council already had its own manual, decentralised log data solution but this was complex and time-intensive to use. The Council recognised that a more sophisticated solution could streamline this process extensively.
This was first published in May 2011