Security and Alerting for Elasticsearch and Kibana

Search Guard is a security and alerting plugin that encrypts and protects your data and data flows from unauthorized access in the entire Elastic Stack.

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Search Guard provides security on all levels

Search Guard provides an all-encompassing security solution to keep your most confidential data safe. Utilizing RBAC, Search Guard ensures the highest level of protection in your clusters, indices, and documents by adding encryption, authentication, authorization, audit logging, compliance as well as alerting and anomaly detection features.

Search Guard supports all industry standards

Search Guard supports all industry standards for authentication and authorization like LDAP, Active Directory, OpenID, SAML, Kerberos, JSON web tokens or client certificates. You can chose from a wide variety of modern and highly secure modern cipher suites.

Search Guard protects all components of the Elastic Stack

Search Guard implements full access control over your entire Elasticsearch environment. Protect all components of the Elastic stack, including Kibana, Logstash and Beats.

Search Guard is trusted by

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Since 2013, Search Guard has been pushing the boundaries of Elastic Stack security. We don't take any shortcuts when it comes to data protection - our code is rigorously tested and verified by leading industry experts like CA Veracode and NCC for maximum assurance that your valuable data is safe and secure.
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Priority support
Our customers enjoy priority support with guaranteed service-level agreements and direct access to the Search Guard developer team. Custom plans that include 24/7 coverage and Elastic Stack support are available for maximum peace of mind. Get connected today on our active Community Forum!
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Trusted by
Our clients span the globe, from Fortune 500s and federal entities to groundbreaking start-ups. They trust us with their most important projects - no matter the size or type.

Enterprise security on all levels

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Role-based access control
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Audit logging
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Elastic stack
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Licensing models
standard editions
academic & custom
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Search Guard Community Edition

Covers all your basic Security and Alerting needs
Free of charge
Integrated with the entire Elastic Stack
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Search Guard Enterprise Edition

Integrates with major security standards e.g. Active Directory
Field and Document-level Security and access control
Professional management API and Kibana multitenancy
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Search Guard Compliance Edition

Designed for meeting compliance regulations e.g. GDPR
Record all read-and-write access to data
Monitor integrity of Elasticsearch installation
We offer an
Academic & Scientific License
, as well as
Custom Licenses
for your personal needs.
60-day Trial License

60-day Trial License

Want to see how your company can benefit from Search Guard? Sign up to our 60-day trial, completely free of charge. No credit card required.
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What our clients say
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    Search Guard met all of our needs and more. Not only have we found open source tools that meet our needs, but we’ve found a partner that’s worked with us through the development of the new platform. They’ve been responsive and engaged every step of the way.
    - Steve Croce
    Senior Product Manager and Head of User Experience
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    Security is paramount to the protection of our customer’s data. ICHEC chose Search Guard to protect its ELK-Stack environment because of its Single Sign-On authentication integration, access control measures and audit features. The licensing model is also flexible enough as we continue to grow our services.
    - Tim Murphy
    System Administrator
    Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)
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    Security is the prerequisite for every project in the IT industry, especially when it comes to data. HEAnet chooses Search Guard to protect its ELK cluster because it provides node-to-node encryption (TLS) and more features such as multi-tenancy, compliance, unlike its competitors who only provide security on the REST layer.
    - Yasvanth Babu
    Middleware System Administrator
    HEAnet CLG
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    The Steinbuch Centre for Computing at KIT is using Search Guard to secure Elasticsearch instances operated in the World Wide LHC Computing Grid Tier-1 center "GridKa" and in the Large Scale Data Facility. Without fine-grained access control we would be unable to expose Elasticsearch to individual users or use single instances for both private and public data. The multitenancy features for Kibana offered by Search Guard are specially useful, enabling us to also use Kibana for public dashboards.
    - Andreas Petzold
    Manager “GridKa” WLCG Tier-1 Center
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)
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    Search Guard makes it possible for us to use the ELK-Stack in a productive environment. We chose Search Guard primarily because of the Active Directory and role-permission features. We find their licensing model incredibly helpful, as well as the fact that we are able to use an unlimited amount of nodes.
    - Arno Haß
    Project Manager
    Max-Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine
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    We have chose SearchGuard because it matches our values of technical rigour, openness, and auditability. It is enabled us to ensure that data in transit is secure against eavesdropping in off-prem environments, to implement verifiable and granular access to our Elastic clusters, and most importantly to give our analysts access to restricted data sets with confidence that PII remains protected and confidential.
    - Tom
    Deflect (DDoS protection CDN) & Deflect Labs (DDoS research)
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