Some “Swede” use cases from SplunkLive Stockholm 2016
I have a fondness for Stockholm. I lived there for three months and asked my wife to marry me there (luckily she said yes or this blog post would start a lot less happy). I love going to all the cities in EMEA where we run SplunkLives but Stockholm is always one of my favourites.
At last year’s SplunkLive Stockholm we were lucky enough to have IKEA talking about why they replaced their SIEM with Splunk, Klarna talking about using Splunk in their SOC and Statnett talking about IT Troubleshooting and IT Service Management.
This year we had an equally strong line up of customers with some really “Swede” speakers (sorry), covering a variety of Splunk use cases in a …
State and Local Government: Unleashing Your Data
The right big data solution for state and local government agencies can help thwart cyber attacks, improve IT operations, enhance citizen services, and more. Realizing the full value of your data will unlock a trove of insight to support your agency’s mission.
Government agencies at every level face security and compliance challenges. With state and local government IT budgets shrinking, the state of security within these agencies has become top-of-mind due, in part, to the direct effects it can have on public safety. Splunk works with many state and local government agencies to help them manage their unstructured data, fulfill compliance requirements, monitor and detect security threats, and understand patterns within their data to gain new insights.
The Splunk App for Stream – Tracking Open Ports for Security and Compliance – Part 2
A sneak preview of TM Forum Big Data 2014
I’m lucky enough to be going to the TM Forum Big Data event in Amsterdam next week. It should be an interesting set of speakers and reference point for what telcos are doing with big data and also a great place to share best practice and practical experience.
I’m particularly interested to see the use cases for telco big data, looking at what data is being collected (from the network, handset, customer data) but also how that data is being used (customer experience, fraud, DevOps, marketing etc.)
We hear a lot about how big data allows better analysis, more informed decisions and identification of trends but in particular I’m keen to hear the presentation on how telcos are monetizing big …
Big data and financial services – an EMEA perspective
I was lucky enough to attend the first day of the “Big Data in Financial Services” event in London a few days ago. I know some people might not think of that as lucky but I say it on the back of a surprisingly varied agenda, entertaining speakers and a lot of good debate and content on what big data means to FS companies and how they are using it.
The key point that I took away was that right now, FS companies are using big data today to focus on operational issues – risk, efficiency, compliance, security and making better decisions. However, there is a growing trend in FS companies looking at how big data is going …
Microsoft Patch Tuesday! Are your servers patched?
Splunk for Meaningful Use
I visited a Health Care customer recently to discuss their most important use cases for Splunk. They’ve taken a holistic approach to getting all of their application data into Splunk and it’s really paying off. A key use case for their many health care facilities helps them stay compliant to meet their meaningful use requirements.
Meaningful use of health information technology is an umbrella term for rules and regulations that hospitals and physicians must meet to qualify for federal incentive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). One of the overarching goals is to use Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care. Bottom line, it’s important to all …
The first major HIPAA/HITECH fee levied
When you think about it, the fine levied by the HHS Office of Civil Rights isn’t all the cost of this HIPAA violation for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Turns out this was pricier than we thought. According to the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati….
“BlueCross had self-reported the underlying incident under HIPAA’s requirements, and incurred more than $17 million in direct expenses relating to its investigation and remediation of the incident. The HHS investigators faulted BlueCross BlueShield for failing to implement appropriate administrative safeguards to protect information by storing protected health information on unencrypted computer hard drives. Under the settlement, BlueCross BlueShield also agreed to review and revise its healthcare information privacy and security policies, and …
Three Splunk 4.3 features security pros should start using today
There is a lot to like in Splunk 4.3 for security use cases, but three items should be of particular interest to security professionals.
Sparklines – Adding Time to Tables for Reporting
I use tables of information in several of the security reports I create. Usually I’ll want to track a particular type of event and include the number of times it happens along with an average over a period of time. This allows me to benchmark a particular threshold and use that as the impetus for an investigation. For example:
I want to track the number of successful accesses against assets where critical data is stored over a twenty-four hour period by user. My table will contain the name …
Smart Grid Data — the ‘wild west’ of privacy rights
I had the pleasure of attending a two day seminar on Managing SCADA Network Security Risks. One of the most interesting seminars was Data Access and Privacy Issues Related to Smart Grid Technologies by Megan Hertzler, Assistant General Council with Xcel Energy. She said that when the meter reader used to come to the house and record your electrical usage, it was aggregate data. There were no privacy issues and the electric company owned the data. Now with Smart Meters the electric company can:
- Detect how many people live at your house by watching the number of cycles of your hot water heater (not accounting for bad hygiene);
- Know when you’re home by the energy cycle of the TV;