Splunk Pledge and Education

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-Badge-6_fb-1200x627This September marks my fifth year at Splunk.  Since day one on the job, I have spent a great deal of my waking time thinking about how to scale up educating folks on Splunk, in particular for universities and other educational entities.  There is a bit of chicken-and-egg to this dilemma, as most teachers and students don’t see the value of Splunk until they have had some exposure to it.

Over the past five years, we have built programs around licensing and training on Splunk that give not-for-profit educational entities a way to learn, use, and teach Splunk without spending anything but time.  We have had some success, but the efforts did not really scale up until we …

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Virtual SplunkLive! a runaway success!

The first virtual SplunkLive! event, focused entirely on higher education and hosted in partnership with Internet2, was a “smashing success” according to one important attendee.

I promised to shave my head if we had more than 100 attendees, so here ya go

By the numbers:

  • Registrations: 300+
  • Most attendees at one time: 182
  • Average breakout attendance: 50+

SplunkLive! events are customer-focused gatherings that give attendees a way to see and interact with current Splunk users. Our attendees had a chance to hear Ohio State University talk about security, Baylor University talk about IT Operations, and the University of Washington talk about App management with Splunk.

We had breakout sessions after hearing from the customers, and these were well-attended …

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The First Virtual SplunkLive! for Higher Education

I am excited to announce the first virtual SplunkLive! event focused entirely on higher education, hosted in partnership with Internet2.

Modesty usually forbids using more than one exclamation point in any given blog, but I thought in this case both the format and the focus were worth getting excited about (!!!).

For those who may not know, SplunkLive! events are customer-focused gatherings that give attendees a way to see and interact with current Splunk users, as well as get some hands-on Splunk experience. For this particular event, we have speakers from Ohio State University, Baylor University, and the University of Washington, followed by breakout sessions on Getting Started, Security, and IT Operations.

I promised …

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Big data and the business of higher education

There was a nice article published on GovDataDownload today about the potential for big data to impact the business of higher education.  The material does a nice job of explaining big data in simple concepts, then cites an excellent example of how it can help the bottom line of a university directly.  Perhaps more importantly, the article closes with a mention of big data being used to help with learning analytics  by “helping identify predictors and patterns for student success”, which is near and dear to my heart as a former educator.

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Higher Education, Heartbleed, and the Heroes in your IT shop

At Splunk we spend a lot of time working with rank-and-file IT folks in higher education who must consistently deliver on two wildly divergent fronts – first, protect against threats foreseeable and unforeseeable (who saw HeartBleed coming?); and second, provide open infrastructure for the creation and sharing of next-generation human knowledge. I’ve had the privilege of working with some brilliant thinkers in this realm, folks who many years ago told me things like “the business model of higher education is broken” and “digital footprints from the learning process will form the foundation of next-generation education”, but the day-to-day lives of IT workers needs to change before these grand ideas take systemic hold. In the meantime, university IT budgets continue to …

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Splunk .conf 2013 welcomes Higher Education

A few days in Vegas… what enters your mind when you think about that? My own Vegas memories are irrevocably linked to the glory days of Comdex, pre-dotcom crash. Which just tells you how old I have become.

My favorite language from http://conf.splunk.com/ is “new ways to get more value from Splunk”. For the higher education types among us, “getting more value from the stuff you already have” is not just a good idea, it’s probably the only way you can keep your job AND your promised levels of security, compliance, or service.

So why the blog post? Because for the first time ever, Splunk will have a program dedicated to helping universities across the globe get more value out …

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Universities facing increased cybersecurity threat

The New York Times came out with a report yesterday on the exponentially increasing number of cybersecurity attacks on US campuses http://nyti.ms/15L7gmp . The article is worth reading because it begins to quantify the increase in number and sophistication of attacks – for one university, they receive up to 100,000 attacks per day. All of which means that chief information security officers find themselves with growing problems (and if they are lucky a growing budget).

The universities that have had some success in addressing these issues look at a wide variety of data from across the entire institution. As we say here at Splunk, cybersecurity is a big data problem… in other words, all elements of digital footprints are relevant …

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big data in the classroom

Over the last year and a half, the phrase “big data” has exploded into public awareness.  Simple Google searches on the phrase show it to be a hockey stick in terms of citations (http://blogs.splunk.com/2012/04/12/some-big-data-this-way-come), and to be more popular than “Barack Obama”.   What does that mean, if anything, for how we educate the students of today?

Not too long ago, I found myself in a situation where I needed some help.  I had a house full of stuff that needed to be boxed up and stored, but I didn’t have the time or energy to attack the tasks of sorting, packaging, labeling, and storing.  Thankfully my mother had the time to step in and help out.  We went …

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a business case for digital curation

Being a reformed academic of sorts, I get a little starry-eyed when things go “meta” – ie, whenever I observe a discussion about specific events or topics I tend to look for universal patterns.  Sometimes it’s useful, other times I end up annoying people, including myself.

Lately I have been reading and re-reading “Too Big To Know” (http://www.toobigtoknow.com/), an excellent book by David Weinberger on re-thinking the definition of knowledge in a networked age.  I also read his blog, and the most recent posting http://www.toobigtoknow.com/2012/08/11/2b2k-knowledges-typeface/ made me laugh-out-loud. Evidently, typeface impacts credibility http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/hear-all-ye-people-hearken-o-earth/, and his conclusion was that “your brain is not your friend”.  I can appreciate that.

Further down the page, however, something caught my eye …

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What does “security” mean for the next generation?

This past weekend, Splunk sponsored the 2012 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition http://www.splunk.com/view/SP-CAAAGXF , a competition aimed at helping undergraduate students master the craft of cyber-security so that they hit the ground running when they graduate.

Over this same weekend, I had the chance to visit a decommissioned Nike missile site in the Marin Headlands.  The site was staffed by retired volunteers who were active army personnel on-site when it stood ready to deploy nuclear warheads mounted on supersonic missiles.  As someone who went to high school during the early 1980’s, seeing cold-war era hardware and procedures in action was spooky and fascinating.  A small group of us rode the missile platform down and got a brief history lesson from …

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