Stepping Up Our Commitment with the Splunk Pledge

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-Badge-6_fb-1200x627From our very early days, Splunk has had an active culture of giving. Whether volunteering in schools, mentoring young people, holding bowl-a-thons, or using data to actually save lives, it’s always been clear that we care about our communities and the world we live in. Over the years that activity has grown in official and unofficial ways – first with the availability of licensing and education for members of Internet2, followed by availability for small nonprofits and the founding of Splunk4Good, and even some paid volunteer time for employees. We’ve gotten good response, with more than 300 universities and 50 nonprofits participating in the program.

But we have also heard that these programs – while increasingly visible outside of …

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What’s new in Splunk IT Service Intelligence

This time last year, at .conf2015, we introduced Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) to the world and it’s been a fantastic first year – customers all over the world have chosen ITSI to transform service monitoring and IT operations through machine data-driven analytics.

Surrey Satellite Technology_Daniel Nye_1On Tuesday morning at .conf2016, we had the opportunity to announce what’s new with ITSI. The newest release builds on where we started with ITSI, simplifying service operations with advanced event analytics and delivering business and service context to help prioritize incident investigation.  As promised, we continue to innovate with machine learning to reduce the complexity in rules and threshold management with real-time correlations, predefined semantics and base-lining behavior operational patterns. Let’s dig into the new …

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Use Analytics-Driven Decision Making and Automation to Improve Threat Detection and Operational Efficiency

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-Badge-4_fb-1200x627Today, we announced major advancements to our security analytics portfolio with a new version of Splunk Enterprise Security 4.5 (ES), which introduces significant innovations to Splunk ES.

Enterprise Security (ES) 4.5 includes Adaptive Response, which helps extend security architecture beyond legacy preventative technologies, and events-based monitoring to use connected intelligence for security operations to gain full visibility and responsiveness across the entire security ecosystem. The new release introduces Glass Tables, which expands the visual analytics capabilities of Splunk ES.

Meeting the growing needs of CISOs adopting automation and orchestration

Many Splunk security customers already use automation to eliminate routine tasks in order to accelerate detection and streamline their response times. A recent survey conducted by 451 Research reveals that 57% …

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Introducing Splunk UBA 3.0

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-Badge-5-v2_fb-1200x627Splunk User Behavior Analytics 3.0 (UBA) introduces significant advancements to Splunk UBA and drives Splunk’s Security Analytics to the next level. This is evident with Gartner placing Splunk in the leader’s quadrant and positioning Splunk furthest overall for completeness of vision.

Splunk UBA 3.0 makes an architectural shift by decoupling platform from content, thereby, providing customers with an ability to update detection footprint with zero downtime and without the hassle of upgrading the entire platform. Content includes the following: machine learning models, threat models, anomaly classifications, data sources, and intelligence. The goal for this architectural shift is two-fold – improve operational efficiency and keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape by delivering regular updates.

Model, Models and Lots of Machine

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Big Data Meets Big Ideas: Top 4 Sessions You Can’t Miss at #Splunkconf16

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-preview-BigDataIdeas_twtr1-440x220The following is a guest blog post from Steven A. Menges, owner of product management and customer insight functions for Big Iron and Big Iron-to-Big Data solutions at Syncsort…

After hearing stories of previous Splunk .conf events from my new colleagues at Syncsort, I am excited to attend my first one and share my pre-show research with you today. Splunk is arguably one of the greatest IT success stories of the last decade, thanks to their unique approach and disruptive tech for Big Data analytics (including correlating data from ALL critical data sources). They have taken the IT industry and Wall Street by storm, continually building on their impressive accomplishments. And I’m told they put on a great conference for …

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Improve your DevOps-driven App Delivery with Ansible Data in Splunk

AnsibleI am happy to announce the latest addition to our DevOps ecosystem – the Ansible Tower App for Splunk, developed by our technology partner Ansible by Red Hat. Ansible Tower by Red Hat, a framework for complete automation, app deployment, orchestration, configuration management, and provisioning, is becoming very popular. In fact, a recent survey rated Ansible among the top container orchestration systems right along Kubernetes, Mesos, and Docker Swarm.

With today’s rapid adoption of containers and microservices, as application updates are released continuously, and your deployments are constantly changing, you need current and up-to-date insight into the state of your jobs and apps at all times. This visibility is essential for large scale enterprises where manual analysis of changes …

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Splunk your Google Analytics

Gain more insight into site performance and user activity by correlating Google Analytics data within Splunk.

A customer of mine recently wanted to understand more about the journey that retail consumers take when they arrive at its website. They recognized that consumers who have previously bought from the site will have more familiarity with the design and layout than those visiting the site for the first time. In addition, consumers who went directly to the site would have a greater brand engagement than those who were referred from an affiliate site.

If only we could implement a method to back up the data that gets submitted to  Google Analytics, also sending it back to the local Apache web server logs …

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It’s a Family Affair…What’s up with the Family?

“Its a Family Affair“ Whenever I sing that Sly and the FamilyStone song around the house the kids just roll their eyes with disgust. I laugh and tell them not to ’dis on an old great tune. While singing it I often wonder how Sly’s lyrics would be different today considering the technical challenges facing parents trying to monitor their teenager’s online activities.

Fortunately, there are many great methods both paid and free that are available to parents these days. The good news is that no matter what your parenting style there is a tool that you can probably use to monitor your children’s online behavior. The bad news is there are just too many tools to choose from and …

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Smart AnSwerS #78

Hey there community and welcome to the 78th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Things have been ramping up around Splunk HQ with conf2016 just around the corner! The Splunk education team is starting off strong with Splunk University beginning tomorrow and running through Monday, while the rest of the conference staff are working hard to make the final touches to ensure a smooth and awesome experience for all attendees. I’m looking forward to running into familiar faces and coming across new ones! I’ll be hanging out at the Splunk Answers booth at least half of the time during the conference, so if you happen to be exploring the source=*Pavillion, feel free to stop by to say hello. :) Safe travels …

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I’m sensor-ing that the fourth industrial revolution is going to be data driven

I was lucky enough attend the IoT World conference this week in Berlin. Everyone who is anyone in Industrial IoT and the associated software industry was present. The list of speakers included Bosch, GE and Vodafone among many others.

During the course of the two days at the event I had a conversation with a robot (see below), I visited a pre-war ballroom and I received a cocktail from two juggling bar tenders! However the most memorable moment came during the key note speech from Professor Whalster, one of the founders of Industry 4.0 movement – which is alternatively known as the fourth industrial revolution.

robot

In simplistic terms, Industry 4.0 is focussed on the “smart factory” i.e the computerisation of manufacturing. …

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