What are the recommended Audit Policy settings for Windows & Linux?

Recommended Windows & Linux security audit checklist guide - Audit Policy settings for PCI DSS and other compliance standards

The use of the audit policy to generate audit logs is an essential best practice for compliance and security. It’s 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, including – Microsoft, RedHat, Center for Internet Security, Oracle, SUSE and our experienced PCI QSA/Security Auditor partners.

To enable logging of all relevant security events to underpin your security policy, it is necessary to configure the audit.rules files or the local security policy for the server/workstation. Get started now by selecting one of the audit policy specifications detailed below for some of today’s most popular platforms.

The Easy Route: Audit Policy GPO Downloads for Compliance


Download the GPO template file for direct import and deployment via Active Directory

For a full overview on using any of these Audit Policy GPO files or the other NNT Remediation Kit content available, take a look at the notes and recorded demo HERE»

IMPORTANT! Make sure that the Advanced Audit Policy Subcategory Settings are not over-written by the application of Standard Audit Policy settings by configuring the 'Audit: Force Audit Policy Subcategory Settings (Windows Vista or later) to Override Audit Policy Category Settings' to 'Enable'

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Audit Policies


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

Audit Policies

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