Auditing is a requirement in many systems. It provides a means of tracking activities that occur as part of normal operation of the system. It also provides a means of tracking abnormal behaviour. It is also a requirement from a security standpoint. For more information on the security aspects of auditing, see OPC 10000-2. Subclause 6.5 describes what is expected of an OPC UA Server and Client with respect to auditing and it details the audit requirements for each service set. Auditing can be accomplished using one or both of the following methods:
- The OPC UA Application that generates the audit event can log the audit entry in a log file or other storage location;
- The OPC UA Server that generates the audit event can publish the audit event using the OPC UA event mechanism. This allows an external OPC UA Client to subscribe to and log the audit entries to a log file or other storage location.