Logging Working Group

The GitLab Logging Working Group will have multiple business purposes that you can read about on this page. Learn more!


Property Value
Date Created 2022-06-15
Date Ended TBD
Slack wg-glsecurity-logging
Google Doc Logging Working Group
Issue Label WG_Logging

Business Goal

  1. Increase efficiency by having a highly available simplified logging structure used by GitLab security to monitor, manage, detect, alert, respond, and audit events.
  2. Increase collaboration by having a simplified logging system for GitLab security to share and collaborate on events.
  3. Increase results by having relevant and actionable data for GitLab Security to make more accurate and informed decisions to threats to GitLab

Exit Criteria

  1. Identify existing infrastructure, known gaps, and current security logging efforts as of August 2022.
  2. Define a process for tracking existing, new, and retired security logging infrastructure.
  3. Define logging profiles that include data requirements, storage, retention, and compliance / legal requirements.
  4. Identify next steps, shared OKRs, other initiatives beyond the scope of the working group to carry the work forward.


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Roles and Responsibilities

Working Group Role Person Title
Facilitator Joe Dubail Manager, Infrastructure Security
Co-Facilitator Harjeet Sharma Security Engineer, SIRT
Exec Sponsor Laurence Bierner Director, Security Engineering
Member Jeff Martin Senior IT Systems Engineer
Member Steve Manzuik Senior Manager, Threat Management
Member Byron Boots Senior Security Compliance Engineer
Member Kyle Smith Senior Security Assurance Engineer
Member Paulo Martins Infrastructure Security Engineer
Member Jayson Salazar Staff Security Engineer, Security Automation
Member Dan Croft Senior Engineering Manager, Ops

Requirements and Considerations


  • Security Operations
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Security Engineering
  • IT Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Development
  • Product
  • Legal
  • Quality


  • As a GitLab team member, I know there is a single team I can talk to about all things being logged at GitLab.
  • As a GitLab team member, I can find who is on the logging team by visiting a single handbook page.
  • As a GitLab team member, I can contact the logging team via dedicated slack channel.
  • As a GitLab team member, I can label GitLab issues for the logging team.
  • As a logging team member, I only have one set of logging services/infrastructure to manage and maintain.

Security Assurance

  • As a Security Assurance team member, I can easily find, search, view, and analyze logs up to 12 months old

SIRT Engineer

  • As a SIRT Engineer, I can easily find, search, view and analyze logs for up to 1 year
  • As a SIRT Engineer, I can retrieve archived log sources that are over 1 year old and be able to easily search, view and analyze those logs
  • As a SIRT Engineer, I can easily create rules, alerts and dashboards for Incident Response.
  • As a SIRT Engineer, I can find in the handbook information about log sources inluding:
    • The DRI’s responsible for each log source
    • The format of each log source
    • The fields recorded in each log source
  • As a SIRT Engineer, I am able to easily integrate logging data into other SIRT tools for fast, accurate and reliable Incident Response

Infrastructure Security

  • Collection
    • As an Infrastructure Security Engineer, I need it to be easy for anyone to setup and ship audit logs from their infrastructure or third party tools to a centralized location
    • As an Infrastructure Security Engineer, I need to be able to easily export findings from IDS tools
  • Delivery
    • As an Infrastructure Security Engineer, I need our logs to be scalable, consistent and reliable (no broken timestamps, no loss of data)
  • Retention
    • As an Infrastructure Security Engineer, I need our logs to comply with Retention & Disposal Requirements, compliance with internal policies, standards, and regulatory requirements
  • Monitoring and Alerting
    • As an Infrastructure Security Engineer, I need to be able to easily analyze logs and threat findings for one or more infrastructure resources
    • As an Infrastructure Security Engineer, I need to be able to create alerts on rules and anomalies from my logs
  • Change Management
    • As an Infrastructure Security Engineer, I need all the infrastructure and configuration to be managed as code (terraform, python, bash), and change management following the Merge-Request-Review process

IT Engineering and Infrastructure

  • As an IT Engineer, I can easily add a tech stack application or vendor SaaS service to the logging service and start shipping logs to, as easily as we do for bug reporting with Sentry today.
  • As an IT Engineer, I can configure basic downtime or high activity threshhold alerts that send to different notification services (email, Slack, GitLab issue, etc.)
  • (Optional) As an IT Engineer, I can see end-to-end system logs to investigate all affected or related systems during an incident by simply changing the data source from a drop down menu, while retaining or easily re-creating the same search criteria (actor, IP, date range, etc).
  • As an IT Engineer, I can create a hierarchical organization of services that are logged to support related technologies that allows us to create alerts and dashboards for a group of interconnected services.
  • As an IT Engineer, I want to support for multiple instances of the same product/service without having to re-create each instance and all policies by hand.
  • As an IT Engineer, I am concerned about integration of new technologies and reliance on vendors to add support for integrations several months or years later, or requiring Professional Services. I would prefer to an open API ecosystem approach that encourages our products/service providers to build integrations with our logging and monitoring provider.
  • As an IT Engineer, I want to be able to use API calls, configuration management, and/or IaC (Terraform/Ansible) to standardize configurations and provisioning.
  • As an IT Engineer, I do not want to have to create a dashboard or alert for every request that a team member has. The platform should be easy to use from a building query and report perspective, comparable to building a pivot table in Excel or a report in Tableau/SiSense with easy-to-identify fields. Complex SQL query language is useful behind the scenes, but discourages adoption of proactive alerting and is only useful for specific queries during incident triage.
  • As an IT Engineer, I want to see this program evolve into a organization-wide NOC dashboard for our broader Tech Stack applications and services that each team supports.