What are the recommended linux hardening guide Audit Policy settings for Linux (CentOS, RHEL, Oracle, Solaris, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE) when implementing logging for the PCI DSS or other security standard?

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Recommended Linux security audit checklist guide Audit Policy settings for PCI DSS and other compliance standards – configuration settings for audit.d conf

Use of the audit policy to generate audit logs is an essential best practice for compliance and security. Its vital to get expert advice, not just to make sure you are getting all the audit events needed, but also to know where to stop to avoid an event log tsunami. Simply enabling all audit policy subcategories for all categories in the Advanced Audit Policy Configuration will burn up disk space and normalization resources on your SIEM system quicker than you can say 'How many Terabytes?!'

NNT have put together the following audit policies, based on expert guidance from RedHat, Oracle, SUSE, Center for Internet Security and our experienced PCI QSA/Security Auditor partners.

To enable logging of all relevant Linux security events to underpin your security policy, it is necessary to configure the audit.rules files (usually located on either the /etc/audit/rules.d/ or /etc/audit/ path). The audit policy specification is detailed below for most popular platforms but if we don't list your chosen platfrom, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be right back with a policy for you.

The Easy Route: Audit Policy GPO Downloads for Compliance

Download the NNT Audit Policy Wizard file for direct execution on your host, or for mass deployment using Puppet, for example, and automatically configure an auditor-ready audit policy.

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