The First Annual Splunk Public Sector Innovation Awards

I am thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Splunk Public Sector Innovation Awards. This annual award program aims to recognize Splunk’s customers and partners based on their application of big data solutions and how they are transforming the IT landscape at their respective organizations and more broadly across the industry. Through this awards program, we are also seeking to promote the creation and sharing of data analytics best practices for the next generation of public sector innovation.


All the winners are full-time, career civil servants within federal, state and local government, or higher education organizations, a government contractor or a Splunk industry partner. These outstanding individuals, and their organizations, have initiated or managed a successful Splunk program that has greatly …

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GovSummit 2016: Elevate Data for Mission Success

GovSummit2016_RGB-Blue-w-DarkBlueOn Tuesday, November 15, hundreds of government, education and industry IT, security and program professionals will come together at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel to explore new public sector innovations and share trends, experiences and lessons learned. This year’s Splunk GovSummit theme, Elevate Data for Mission Success, will focus on modern strategies and solutions to transform how government leverages data to drive mission success.

Our impressive roster of speakers will explore strategies and solutions for leveraging an organization’s data to gain real-time, enterprise-wide visibility and enable support for diverse missions, including cybersecurity, homeland defense, citizen services delivery and experience measurement, crime and fraud prevention, datacenter operations and consolidation, compliance and transparency and more.

This year’s distinguished speakers …

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Meet Our FCW 2016 Rising Star: Nick Murray

PrintI am thrilled to announce that Nick Murray, our Public Sector Strategist for CDM and Cloud Programs, was just recognized as one of Federal Computer Week’s (FCW) 2016 Rising Stars.

Over the past decade, FCW has honored an elite group of government professionals and industry executives who are still early in their federal IT careers but are already making an enormous impact in their field.  As one of this year’s winners, Nick has joined the ranks of other distinguished Rising Stars, all of whom share a sense of duty, commitment to excellence and devotion to public service.

As many of you know, in the past year alone, Nick has worked to incorporate Splunk technologies into complex, distributed architectures across …

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Public Sector Year in Review

SplunkGov LogoLooking back on 2015 – I see a year marked with key milestones, important accomplishments and impressive growth throughout public sector.

For us, one of this year’s highlights was our inaugural Splunk GovSummit in Washington, D.C. in October. The event brought together more than 1,000 government and industry leaders, as well as Splunk technology partners, to discuss the latest advances and trends in public sector around data analytics, IT, cybersecurity and cloud. With thought-provoking speeches from Teresa H. Carlson, Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector for Amazon Web Services and former joint leader of NSA and U.S. Cyber Command General Keith Alexander, as well as interesting industry panels and breakout sessions – the event was a resounding success and I …

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“Analytics Now” — A Look Back at the Inaugural Splunk GovSummit

It was a packed house at our first ever Splunk GovSummit at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington, DC last week. More than 1,000 government and industry leaders, as well as technology partners, came together to discuss the latest innovations and trends in public sector around data analytics, cybersecurity and cloud software.

The day kicked off with an opening keynote from our Chairman and CEO Godfrey Sullivan who emphasized the more machine data government organizations bring in for analysis, the more insights and value will be gained. He also highlighted the immense growth of Splunk Public Sector, acknowledging that a significant portion of Splunk’s …

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Cybersecurity Teams for State and Local Government

B_GSiiLXIAAU1wsCybersecurity is all the buzz across public sector these days. While lots of attention is given to preventing breaches at the federal level, we actually see state and local government as a critical area for the development of cybersecurity policies and best practices. State and local IT leaders are recognizing how data analytics capabilities can support their security and risk management practices. The key is taking the right approach before diving in head first and one of the first steps is putting together a cybersecurity team.

Splunk’s own John Zarour contributed an article this week to Government Technology that describes the important components for building an effective cyber team in state and local government. John notes the challenges state and …

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Survey Results: Big Opportunity for Big Data in Cybersecurity

GoBigSecurityLast week, MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, released a survey in collaboration with Splunk to explore how big data analytics play a key role in preventing cyber threats on government networks. With high-profile breaches garnering more public attention, we decided to do a deeper dive on how government cybersecurity professionals are currently monitoring threats on their network and areas in which they can improve. We surveyed 302 Federal, State and Local IT leaders to reveal current cybersecurity strategies and next steps organizations can take to improve security. The outcome? Government agencies understand there is value in using big data to support security, but very few agencies are taking full advantage of this …

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SplunkLive! DC: What Did You Miss?

SplunkLiveDCLast week more than 750 Splunk experts and newbies alike came together for SplunkLive! in Washington DC. They heard firsthand from our customers and participated in sessions that explored ways to use Splunk software to mitigate cyber risks, prevent fraud, improve performance and reduce costs. At the event there were breakout sessions highlighting different technology offerings, including a cyber-attack simulation. There were also a number of Splunk customers that shared their experiences such as Bob Nicholson, director of the Office of Information Security at the Social Security Administration (SSA), who talked about how Splunk is helping to support SSA operations and security. Gary Mikula from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) also presented on the benefits his organization has seen …

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Splunk Enterprise Helps Lockheed Martin Further Embrace “The Need for Speed”

Top Gun was ahead of its time in so many ways. The leather jackets, aviator shades and 80s music we can’t get out of our heads. Maverick and Goose were definitely right about one thing – when it comes to fighter jets, there is a need … the need for speed.

Thirty years later, Splunk is helping Lockheed Martin embrace its need for speed. That is – the need for consolidated, real-time analysis to support Lockheed’s F-35 Lightning II Program, which includes aircraft built for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines.

Today, we are pleased to announce a contract award with Lockheed Martin to support the F-35 Lightning II Program. Lockheed Martin is using Splunk Enterprise’s monitoring …

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The U.S. Government Ramps Up Investments in IT Operations and Aligns Itself with Silicon Valley Thinking

B_GSiiLXIAAU1wsIt’s no secret that the government has been slow to adopt commercial best practices. With the emergence of new technologies alongside the convergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, security and cloud have left the government behind in the tech evolution. So, who better to turn to in the game of ‘catch-up’ than the tech capital of the U.S., Silicon Valley?

The government thinks so too.

There has been a recent uptick in discussions about Silicon Valley’s presence in the government following the Administration’s appointment of Dr. DJ Patil as the White House’s first-ever Deputy Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist (CDS).

At the highest level, Dr. Patil will use technology and innovation …

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