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Real-time File Integrity Monitoring Solution for Your Enterprise

Traditional file integrity monitoring tools release a flood of alerts that waste security teams’ time on validating and prioritizing response. TrueFort’s file integrity monitoring solution provides clarity needed to track changes in files, configurations, and binaries to identify configuration tampering and malicious replacement.

File integrity monitoring is required by regulators but doesn’t extend to cloud

  • Traditional tools aren’t cloud ready – Legacy solutions lack visibility and control for cloud workloads. They view and protect modern workloads like the physical servers they’ve replaced
  • Lack of contextual notifications – traditional tools notify that something has changed but don’t pinpoint where or what, forcing teams into long discovery cycles just to obtain a diff.
  • Failed or incomplete audits – compliance and regulatory standards like PCI, NIST, SOX, FISMA, and HIPAA require clear evidence around critical file changes
  • File tampering hides attacks – whether it is deleting log files or text changes within a key configuration file, attackers hide in the noise

Intelligent file integrity monitoring needs to scale across an enterprise

Establish a trusted baseline

Continuously validating against approved behavior, including versions, modification dates, content changes and checksum deviations, is a must to respond in time.

Enable continuous visibility and control

Continuously monitor for control against a positive business model for best practices to protect from drift and volume spikes.

Empower change management

Incorporate native and user-defined rule packs to detect real-time integrity changes, empowering IT and development teams to move quickly without upsetting security with false-positive notifications.

Exceed compliance mandates

Real-time monitoring empowers IT to streamline configuration management for internal governance, external regulatory requirements, and industry best practices such as PCI, SOX, and FISMA.


1. What is meant by file integrity?

File integrity refers to the trustworthy state of files designed to ensure optimal configuration, contain key secrets, and other fundamental operating system components. A file’s integrity is preserved when changes are approved by the operations teams. But changes to a file’s content or access privileges could indicate a step in cyber attacks, which is why sensitive files need to be monitored and checked regularly.  

2. What is file integrity monitoring?

File integrity monitoring (FIM) solutions track details about file updates, such as versions, modification dates, and content updates. Ideally, an FIM solution will compare detected changes against a model of expected behavior and against the company’s security policies to quickly highlight suspicious alterations.  

 In order to implement FIM, an organization first determines the assets which need to be monitored, establishes a baseline for all file attributes, and applies a cryptographic hash signature to each file. When changes to the baseline or the hash are detected, the system alerts the security team to follow up with investigation, remediation, and regulatory reporting as needed. 

3. Why is file integrity important?

Cybercriminals can use malware or unauthorized access to change critical files, folders, registries, or data endpoints as part of their efforts to steal sensitive information or take control of business operations. For example, they could alter files needed by operating systems or applications. They can also change log files to cover their tracks. 

FIM solutions can detect such actions quickly, which makes it easier for security teams to prevent breaches. FIM solutions also help identify file updates made by employees which could inadvertently expose a vulnerability, so security can address it before a hacker exploits it. 


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