GCHQ launches new Stroom software

GCHQ has released Stroom, its second open source software project and the latest release in its innovation programme.

Aimed at assisting IT professionals with event monitoring, Stroom will help prevent large organisations from being left behind with rapidly changing technology.

GCHQ says possible applications for Stroom include:

  • System health and status monitoring
  • Detecting cyber attacks
  • User activity monitoring
  • Regulatory compliance

In an article on its website, GCHQ says the ever-growing variety of data formats can make keeping up a perennial problem. As new technologies are invented, so new event types and log formats must be understood and processed correctly. Stroom can help large organisations overcome these issues and really understand what their system logs are telling them.

GCHQ’s aim is to contribute and create its own open source software as a government department and technology organisation.

Stroom follows Gaffer I and Gaffer II, the previously released open source software. Gaffer, a graph database, makes it easy to store and process large-scale graphs.

To access Stroom, please go to https://github.com/gchq/stroom.

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