What Happens When You Move From Reactive to Proactive IT
Most IT departments want to make an impact, but fire drills and troubleshooting usually get in the way. Often times, you find yourself playing the blame game. But what if you could get in front of an issue before an incident happens, rather than responding to it after the fact? What if you were no longer reactive to the situation, but instead could focus on aligning with business objectives?
Well, it’s not rocket science, but it hasn’t been easy to date! In this post, I’m here to share how enterprise organizations have been able to move past blame game and take the guesswork out of issue resolution. Let’s look at how one company has embraced the strategic opportunity of …
Using machine learning for anomaly detection research
Over the last years I had many discussions around anomaly detection in Splunk. So it was really great to hear about a thesis dedicated to this topic and I think it’s worth sharing with the wider community. Thanks to its author Niklas Netz in advance!
Obviously anomaly detection is an important topic in all core use case areas of Splunk, but each one has different requirements and data, so unfortunately there is not always an easy button. In IT Operations you want to detect systems outages before they actually occur and proactively keep your depending services up and running to meet your business needs. In Security you want to detect anomalous behavior of entities to detect potential indicators for breaches …
Everything You Need to Know About Splunk ITSI
With the latest version of Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI), you can apply machine learning and advanced analytics to:
- Simplify operations with machine learning
- Prioritize problem resolution with event analytics
- Align IT with the business with powerful real-time service-level insights
So how do you get started?
Learn More About Splunk ITSI’s Benefits and Features
- The Splunk ITSI webpage provides a 1-stop shop for Splunk ITSI content
- The Splunk ITSI product brief provides an overview to key benefits of the solution
- Blog on what’s new in Splunk ITSI
Watch this 2-minute overview of Splunk ITSI:
Getting ready for a deployment? For a closer look at Splunk ITSI’s capabilities, check out these resources.
- The Splunk ITSI tech brief discusses key concepts needed for
Three Ways Machine Data Makes Your SIEM Better at Security
All data is security relevant is a mantra that security practitioners should get used to saying. But knowing what sources you need to tap into to improve your security posture can seem like a daunting task. It doesn’t need to be.
Data sources are a way companies solve the security issues causing them pain or issues that may cause harm. So what exactly is a data source? It can be almost anything from the machine data being generated by your existing firewall to online web logs. Just what data sources you tap into depends on your security use case.
There are already companies that have found unique ways to leverage machine data to work for their specific needs – whether …
The Splunk 12 Days Of Christmas
Ho Ho Ho! I hope you’re all ready for Christmas and the holiday season. From (Yule) log files to ERP (Enhanced Reindeer Planning) systems to wood burning fire-walls and NOCs (Noel Operations Centre), a lot of organisations have done some amazing things with their machine data this year. In the spirit of sharing gifts, I give you the Splunk 12 Days Of Christmas featuring some of those customers who’ve improved their operations using Splunk as a machine data fabric. Have a great festive season and enjoy the stories below:
As always, thanks for reading
SplunkLive! 2016: South Bay Edition
Over 600 Splunk enthusiasts gathered last month at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara for the 2nd annual SplunkLive! Santa Clara. Splunk experts, including customers, got to show off some cool, new content that fed the appetites of both Splunk n00bs and veterans.
- Opening keynote from Monzy Merza, Head of Security Research, who talked about how the Enterprise Machine Data Fabric (EMDF) is enabled by the Splunk platform, solutions and an open ecosystem. A data fabric, understands where data sits, understands data flows and provides the analytics and visualizations to help technologists make sense of data at any scale.
- Customer presentations from Symantec, SAP/SuccessFactors and Marketo [I would link to these if posted)
- Three Hands-on Sessions where attendees could
Head in the Cloud? Maximize your Operational Intelligence with Even Deeper Integration Between Splunk and AWS
Even more exciting news from re:invent!
In case you weren’t watching the live-stream of the event, you may have missed the keynote announcement this morning about the new service called AWS Personal Health.
Splunk’s integration with AWS Personal Health allows AWS customers to proactively monitor over 70 services and quickly act on personal service interruptions informing their users of things like reserved instance retirement, network issues, even instance failures. Before, if there was a network issue, your only way of knowing was based on regional or availability zone messaging. This integration brings an even more personalized experience to using Splunk for monitoring and managing your mission critical workloads in AWS.
The AWS Health API delivers critical data on AWS service quality and …
Nick Bleech from Travis Perkins wins 2016 Ventana Research Leadership Award for his work with Splunk!
It’s always awesome to see our customers succeeding with Splunk. It’s even more pleasing when our customers are recognized for that success as Nick Bleech, CISO at UK builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has been. Nick has received the Ventana Research Technology Leadership Award for CyberSecurity as a result of the organization’s work with Splunk. Congratulations Nick!
These awards, organized by leading analyst firm Ventana Research: “identify business and IT leaders who are using technologies and applying best practices to create the best possible outcomes in productivity, performance and support of an organization’s goals and objectives.”
Nick Bleech presented the organization’s journey with Splunk at .conf2016, detailing how Travis Perkins has moved to a lean cloud based SOC model …
Gatwick Airport lands passenger experience & operational efficiency with IoT, analytics and Splunk Cloud.
95% of passengers through security in 5 mins or less.
We’ve all been there, stuck at an airport, flight delayed, watching the departures board, trying to find somewhere to sit down and wanting to set off to where you’re going or just get home. Gatwick Airport, the busiest single runway airport in the world, processing up to 945 flights per day is striving to make this situation a thing of the past. I’m delighted to announce that they are using data from the Internet of Things and Splunk Cloud to improve the passenger experience and enhance operational efficiencies across the airport. Gatwick are using their machine data to deliver historic, real-time and predictive analytics to ensure a faster journey through the …
Black Friday. How Machine Data and Real-Time Analytics Underpins Online Retail
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are nearly upon us with reports stating that up to 4bn pounds could be spent over the course of the week, with 42% of purchases made online. So far, the sheer number of sensor enabled, Bluetooth connected toothbrushes on offer risks redefining IoT as the “Internet of Teeth”. I guess a lot of those toothbrushes will be “filling” Christmas stockings (sorry). On a more serious note, machine data, real-time analytics and Operational Intelligence are going to play an important part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday in four main ways:
- Underpinning the IT infrastructure that makes up an online retailers digital services
- Securing consumers and organisations from fraud, breaches and insider threats
- Ensuring the