CISC-ND-000390 - The Cisco switch must be configured to protect audit information from unauthorized deletion.

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Audit information includes all information (e.g., audit records, audit settings, and audit reports) needed to successfully audit information system activity.

If audit data were to become compromised, forensic analysis and discovery of the true source of potentially malicious system activity would be impossible.

To ensure the veracity of audit data, the network device must protect audit information from unauthorized deletion. This requirement can be achieved through multiple methods, which will depend on system architecture and design. Some commonly employed methods include ensuring log files receive the proper file system permissions using file system protections, restricting access, and backing up log data to ensure it is retained.

Network devices providing a user interface to audit data will leverage user permissions and roles identifying the user accessing the data and the corresponding user rights to make access decisions regarding the deletion of audit data.


If persistent logging is enabled, configure the switch to only allow administrators with privilege level '15' access to the file system as shown in the example below:

SW4(config)#file privilege 15

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References: 800-53|AU-9, CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000164, Rule-ID|SV-220584r521267_rule, STIG-ID|CISC-ND-000390, STIG-Legacy|SV-110397, STIG-Legacy|V-101293, Vuln-ID|V-220584

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