SC16 Conference: Home of the The World’s Fastest Network

conferenceYou don’t think of High Performance Computing (HPC) everyday but its use in a diverse set of applications such as climate prediction, nuclear labs, oil and gas discovery, defense and aerospace work, financial forecasting and other computational intensive activities touch us in our daily lives.  And from November 13 – 18, 2016 Salt Lake City become the home for HPC enthusiasts at the SC16 conference.

What makes this conference different than any other? It happens to be the home for the world’s fastest network, SCinet. It is a high-performance, experimental network that is specifically built for the conference and connecting it to the broader internet. To give you a sense of its capacity, it provides more than 5 Tpbs(!) of internal …

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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 …

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Govsummit 2016: Elevating Data for Mission Success

AudienceA welcoming Fall in Washington DC formed the backdrop for Splunk’s second annual Govsummit at the Renaissance downtown last month. Parading a who’s who list of headliners, the summit brought over 1,100 public sector, Education and Splunk partner attendees together for a day of education and networking.

Kevin Davis, VP of Public Sector kicked off the event with CTO Snehal Antani following him with the company keynote. Dr. Ron Ross, Fellow at NIST, Greg Touhill, CISO for the US Federal Government and Tony Scott, CIO for the US Federal Government were on hand to unveil the latest NIST Special Publication 800-160 that provides guidance on systems resiliency for cyber-physical systems. In the wake of recent incidents where IoT devices were harnessed to …

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George Mason University – Leading the way to develop the next generation of cybersecurity experts

30663596996_b097f60748_oSplunk4Good recently sponsored a Youth Cybersecurity Conference on October 29 hosted by George Mason University at its Fairfax, VA conference. Since it was the first such event, we did not know what kind of reception we would have. It turned out to be a stellar success – 800 confirmed registrants with 300 on a waiting list!

Organized by Dr. Kammy Sanghera, Exec. Director, STEM Outreach for the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, the event had a high-profile billing – Dr. Angel Cabrera, President of GMU kicked off the event and was followed by Ruthe Farmer, Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion Office of Science & Technology Policy Executive Office of President, White House. Dr. Dietra Trent, Virginia …

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SF Muni Hacked. Learn How to Detect Ransomware in Your Environment

Join security expert James Brodsky for our How-to Webinar: Detection of Ransomware and Prevention Strategies on December 13.

SF Muni was hit with a Ransomware attack last week, just as the prime holiday shopping season was kicking off. For many, the free fares for the weekend while Muni assessed the damage probably seemed like a holiday gift or customer service bonus.

But the lost revenues and potential $73K ransom they were asked to pay was no bonus for the IT and security teams.

News of Ransomware attacks are becoming much more common these days, with a reported $209M paid to ransomware criminals in Q1 2016 and the FBI anticipating ransomware to be a $1B source of income for cybercriminals this year.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise.

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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.

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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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Another Successful Year at EDUCAUSE

Last week, Splunk was at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. The Splunk higher education team met with thousands of attendees and nearly 300 other exhibitors over the course of the week.

Educause_boothThe Splunk booth was packed at all times with people interested in learning more about Splunk solutions and how higher education institutions can use Splunk to ensure a safe, connected campus and a high-quality student experience.

Chris Kurtz from Arizona State University (ASU), who was selected as one of the …

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Splunk at EDUCAUSE 2016

EDUCAUSE-2016Last month, Splunk reaffirmed its commitment to higher education by announcing the global expansion of its Splunk Academic Program and introducing Splunk Pledge, a new initiative that will commit $100 million to invest in training, education and support to empower the future workforce. These initiatives will enable hundreds of universities and millions of students around the world to take free tutorials and hands-on exercises, learning skills that will make them highly attractive candidates for employers across industries that need expertise in analytics and operational intelligence. In fact, Splunk certifications have been shown to align with six-figure salaries and improve earnings potential in the workforce by as much as 14 percent. As you can tell, this is a very exciting …

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Splunk4Good Helps Fund Computer Science Summer Course at UNLV

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The following is a guest blog post by Molly Marks, director of special events and PLTW affiliate director, UNLV, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering…

At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering we were thrilled to host our fifth annual Project Lead The Way STEM (PLTW Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer training program for middle and high school teachers from July 11 to August 6. This year, thanks to a grant from Splunk4Good, we were able to offer a new Computer Science Principles course, adding to a range of offerings like Green Architecture, Automation and Robotics.

The $25,000 Splunk4Good donation funded startup program costs, instructor fees and enabled us to sponsor …

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