Smart AnSwerS #43

Hey there community and welcome to the 43rd installment of Smart AnSwerS.

It’s been a pretty long week, but what better way to take a break for a change of pace with a party! I just got a reminder email that Splunk HQ is celebrating Diwali this afternoon, a Hindu festival of lights celebrated in the Fall every year. The courtyard will apparently be full of food, mehndi, and a talent show, oh my! Time to give my eyes a break from this monitor for a bit.

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to get a table cell color to change depending on the field value?

fredkaiser did some hunting around Answers, but couldn’t quite …

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Nanyang Polytechnic | Splunk Challenge 2015

It is once again the annual “Splunk Challenge” competition held at the School of IT in Nanyang Polytechnic today. This competition aims to promote awareness of data analytics using machine data and Splunk as a platform for Operational Intelligence. I saw a class filled with eager students waiting to display their “splunkfullness” skill in the competition to bring home a Macbook Air, iPad mini and iPod nano.


Taking on the tasks set in the questions paper is no easy feat. There are two parts to the competition. First they will need to understand and interpret the dashboard shown to them and also the datasource that is needed to populate the reports. The second part of the competition requires the student …

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Splunk Community Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Data Tree(Hi all! I’m posting this on behalf of one of our community members, Skip (aka f8al in our user groups chat), who is organizing the exchange. -rachel)

Get your holiday spirit on!

Do you like spreading holiday cheer? Of course you do!  Do you like seeing your splunky friends happier than Buttercup with a fresh apple? Who doesn’t?
If you answered yes to these questions then come on down and sign up for the 1st annual Splunk Usergroups Holiday gift exchange!
Elfster is a fun platform for doing this and keeps your information private and only shares it with the person who got your name, and even then, theres no obligation to use your …
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Splunk at the Heart of a Critical SOC: Securing Operations and Winning New Business

Integra_sharing_logoSecurity professionals know that the ability to continuously monitor, analyze, and visualize data across from across the IT infrastructure is essential to combatting internal and external threats, including insider threats and advanced attacks. The ability to rapidly detect and respond to these modern day threats is essential to maintaining security for the organization. While having a high level of security is arguably critical for any business, some organizations rely on it not only to secure and maintain their customer base, in addition to maintaining the integrity of their own network.

Integra, one of the largest regional providers of networking, communications and technology solutions in the western United States, is one such company. Integra runs a security operations center (SOC) …

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The Hitchhikers’ Guide to Splunk for less than $3 per day

dont-panicUp until now it has been possible to hitchhike around the universe “for less than 30 Altairian dollars a day” but you could never Splunk for anything close to that (even at today’s rather favorable Altairian dollar/US dollar exchange rate) and that has proved, for many in small IT environments, to be a challenge.

You really want to use Splunk to understand and optimize your IT operations but you work in a small IT environment. What do I mean by small? Well first you have like no money to spend on log management (let’s say less than $100 per month) not to mention you have a small staff (let’s say, uhm, you and, in your wildest dreams, four other …

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Smart AnSwerS #42

Hey there community and welcome to the 42nd installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Last week, we had our very first SplunkTrust Virtual .conf Session, the beginning of a series of live online talks via WebEx to give users access to the best technical content presented every year at the Splunk Worldwide User Conference, .conf. Our first presenter was SplunkTrust member Martin Mueller who covered his .conf2015 session “Optimizing Splunk Knowledge Objects –  A Tale of Unintended Consequences”, followed by Q&A. We had an amazing turnout of 100+ users from different timezones around the world. Our next session #2 will be on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 @ 11:00AM PST, presented by alacercogitatus on his .conf2014 session “Lesser-known …

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Security Solutions Need Data Science and Machine Learning to Protect Organizations

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 3.42.46 PMEvery month we hear about a major breach targeting an enterprise or public sector. Based on current cyberattack growth rates, we anticipate the impact to our global economy to be around three trillion US dollars.

Within the past five years, 2.5 billion records were exposed. From January, 2015 until June 2015, 256 million records were compromised. Breaking that down, that’s…

  • 1,400,000 stolen records per day (or)
  • 56,000 stolen records per hour (or)
  • 943 stolen records per minute.

A recent FireEye study found that on average, an organization takes 205 days to detect advanced threats. We need a security solution that uses a new paradigm to combat modern day attacks…

Splunk calls it Splunk User Behavior Analytics (Splunk UBA).

Splunk UBA

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The Insider Story: Splunk wins BigData-Insider and Security-Insider Awards


Splunk were recently invited to take part in the German IT-Awards 2015 run by Vogel IT-Medien. They own a number of online publications including BigData-InsiderCloudComputing-InsiderDataCenter-InsiderIP-InsiderSecurity-Insider and Storage-Insider. With an average of 850,000 page impressions per month they provide some of the most important sources of independent information to IT professionals in Germany.


Over a period of 4-5 months, the different publications asked their subscribers to vote for the “Readers’ Choice Awards 2015″. With over 27,600 votes it is one of the largest IT awards ceremonies in Germany.


Splunk was nominated in two categories and we’re delighted that we got so many votes from the readers of …

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Lady Gaga, Big Data and Splunk

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What does Lady Gaga have in common with Big Data and Splunk? No, it’s not how she mined social media for her community, though there is a great Lady Gaga “big data” story there. Rather all three came together at the NetworkWorld Asia 10th Anniversary Reader’s Choice Awards 2015 reception on the evening of October 29 at the One Farrer Hotel in Singapore. LADY GAGA

With over 30 distinguished CIO’s in attendance, the asian Lady Gaga kicked off the evening with a high powered (i.e., loud) rendition of Poker Face.

With the audience energised, the night passed quickly with awards given out in 47 categories and an additional 12 Hall of Fame awards were given out to the winners.

Splunk …

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Smart AnSwerS #41

Hey there community and welcome to the 41st installment of Smart AnSwerS.

There have been a lot of questions on Answers throughout the years asking for a way to add comments to searches such as this 3 year old post with almost 16,000 views. The Answer by steveyz just below the accepted one is the latest development that many of you will be happy to learn about if you haven’t already seen it on this page. Splunk technical writer lstewart updated the documentation to share and publicize this solution: configuring and using a search macro to add comments to search strings with no performance or resource impact. *applause!*

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:


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