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Balabit Announces Availability of SYSLOG-NG Premium Edition

New Version of Flagship Log Management Product Features Support for Puppet, a Popular Open-Source Configuration Management Tool

NEW YORK December 03, 2015 – Balabit, Inc. (, a leading provider of contextual security technologies, today announced the general availability of the latest feature version of syslog-ng Premium Edition 5F5, the popular log management tool that provides context enriched data ingestion for Balabit’s recently announced Contextual Security IntelligenceTM (CSI) Suite, which also includes Privileged User Monitoring and User Behavior Analytics. The Contextual Security Intelligence is a user-centric approach to preventing security breaches without constraining business. This syslog-ng release includes support for Puppet, the popular, open-source configuration management tool, which allows users to manage syslog-ng Premium Edition actions on remote hosts.

Many large enterprises rely on syslog-ng Premium Edition to deliver data from a wide variety of sources to Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, Databases, and Big Data stores like Hadoop, Kafka, Elasticsearch and MongoDB. In these large environments, enterprises must install and manage syslog-ng on tens of thousands of servers. Using Puppet in Version 5F5, users can easily manage the syslog-ng configuration centrally to save valuable time and prevent errors through an automated approach.

The syslog-ng Premium Edition Puppet module functionality includes:

Installation of syslog-ng PE from a package repository to RHEL and Debian platforms. Upgrade syslog-ng PE to a newer version. Delete syslog-ng PE from a host. Update the syslog-ng PE configuration file of hosts from a central repository. Create backup of syslog-ng PE configuration files, and perform a rollback if needed.

The new release features significant improvements for sending logs to big data tools like Elasticsearch, Hadoop and Kafka. The configuration syntax of the Elasticsearch, HDFS, and Apache Kafka destination drivers has been greatly simplified and sending messages from syslog-ng to Elasticsearch is now 100 percent faster.

“The latest release of syslog-ng enables enterprises to streamline their data pipelines with central configuration management, simplified syntax, and greater throughput for data feeding big data stores like Elasticsearch, Hadoop, and Kafka,” said Zoltan GyörkÅ‘, CEO, Balabit.

With the release of version 5F5, installation packages are available for two new server platforms, Debian 8 Jessie on x86 64 bit hardware and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 on x86 64 bit hardware. We have also added support for SELinux on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, as well as on 6.0-6.4. Vendor-tested installation packages are available for more than 50 server platforms.

Current syslog-ng customers will be automatically notified of the latest version. For more information on the BalaBit product line and syslog-ng, please visit

About Balabit

Balabit – headquartered in Luxembourg – is a leading provider of contextual security technologies with the mission of preventing data breaches without constraining business. Balabit operates globally through a network of local offices across the United States and Europe together with partners. Balabit’s Contextual Security Intelligence™ Suite protects organizations in real-time from threats posed by the misuse of high risk and privileged accounts. Solutions include reliable system and application Log Management with context enriched data ingestion, Privileged User Monitoring and User Behavior Analytics. Together they can identify unusual user activities and provide deep visibility into potential threats. Working in conjunction with existing control-based strategies Balabit enables a flexible and people-centric approach to improve security without adding additional barriers to business practices.

Founded in 2000 Balabit has a proven track record including 23 Fortune 100 customers amongst over 1,000,000 corporate users worldwide. For more information, visit

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