.conf2015 Highlight Series: City of LA and Splunk Cloud as a SIEM for Award-Winning Cybersecurity Collaboration

Updated June 23, 2016:

Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 1.29.51 PMWe are pleased to announce the City of Los Angeles was recently presented with the City on a Cloud award at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. The City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge recognizes and celebrates local and regional governments in three categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation and Dream Big. The City of Los Angeles was selected as the Best Practices winner for its use of innovative, world-class cybersecurity to protect digital assets and deployment of a unique, cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) solution for the Integrated Security Operations Center (ISOC), to help consolidate, maintain, and analyze security data across the city’s departments.

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.conf2015 Highlight Series: Tracking Business Transactions with Splunk – Northern Trust Bank

Continuing with our theme around Business Process Analytics, this blog highlights how Northern Trust Bank leverages Splunk to gain an end-to-end view of their financial transactions. They presented at .conf 2015 and you can listen to their amazing story here or download their presentation by clicking the title slide below:

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Headquartered in Chicago, Northern Trust Bank is a “Bank for the Banks”. With over $120 billion in banking assets, $6 trillion in assets under custody, and $887 billion in assets under management, the bulk of its business is to provide services to other banks and institutional clients. While they have a retail presence it is minor subset of their business.

As a result, most of their transactions are …

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.conf2015 Highlight Series: EnerNOC uses Splunk to Get a Grip on Power

This post is inspired by our most recent announcement with EnerNOC, but read on for more details.

From cruising altitude, the modern energy industry seems like an island of calm. But as your metaphorical jet gets closer to land, the messiness begins to unfold around you. Be it government regulation, evolving technology, spikes in fear relating to nuclear energy, or even the ability to harness solar or wind power to put energy back into the grid and, gosh, get paid by the power company, there’s a dizzying amount of complexity behind every power bill that increases or decreases your price per kilowatt hour. And that complexity affects your bottom line.

So, in this chaotic world, how can you

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.conf2015 Highlight Series: Splunk Cloud Keeps Orion Talking

At .conf2015, Orion Labs’ Dan Phung showed how his company brings together the cloud, wearable technology, and the Internet of Things with Splunk. We take a look at what he shared during .conf below, but feel free to check out the session recording and his presentation slides for even more detail. And don’t miss the video overview below too.

Science fiction is the stuff of dreamers, but these dreams sometimes come true. Author Arthur C. Clarke envisioned using geostationary satellites for telecommunications relays. Edward Bellamy, in 1888, envisioned the concept of credit cards. Even Aldous Huxley, back in 1931, envisioned a pill that could make unhappy people happy. Crazy stuff!

With that in mind, we couldn’t help but

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.conf2015 Highlight Series: On track for savings and performance… Aurizon rolls out Splunk Cloud

During .conf2015 we were pleased to play host to a session about one company’s transition to Splunk Cloud. Read on to learn more, but check the session recording for more details — and be sure to grab a copy of the presentation itself for reference.

AurizonMoving more than 250 million tons of commodities, Aurizon is one of the largest rail freight operators in Australia. Şebnem Kürklü, an information security manager, joined the company with a focus on improving IT security, vendor and service provider relationships, increase risk awareness in business units, and to leverage investment in current technologies. A full plate for anyone.

The Aurizon IT landscape
Aurizon outsources much of its IT to Fujitsu, though it maintains functions such …

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.conf2015 Highlight Series: Gatwick Airport Looks up to the Cloud

UPDATED — February 2016
Register now for our webinar: Driving Efficiency With Splunk Cloud at Gatwick Airport
Date and time: Thursday, February 18, 2016 (2:30 am PT / 10:30am GMT)
Duration: 1 hour
Description: Discover how Gatwick Airport, the busiest single runway airport in the world, uses Splunk Cloud to gain a real-time view of the performance of terminals and the airfield, ensuring a high degree of efficiency for a record-breaking 925 daily flights and 38 million annual passengers.

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 9.45.12 AMAt Splunk .conf2015, Joe Hardstaff, Business Systems Architect at Gatwick Airport, spoke about the challenges his organization faced as an airport, trying to compete with other local airports with more runways. To give us background on the size of …

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Using Splunk – It’s a Revolution!

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I’m still coming down from the high that I experienced at .conf2015 a few weeks ago in Las Vegas. It was an outstanding event—from the great customer presentations, to the new product updates and the Search Party (the silent disco was a highlight!). That said, not much can compete with the honor I had in presenting this year’s Splunk Revolution Award Winners.

If you’re not familiar with the Splunk Revolution Awards, the awards were established to distinguish the “best of the best” among our customers and hopefully inspire others in the process. These are folks who share their stories and I’m blown away by what they’ve been able to accomplish with the Splunk Platform.

There was so much goodness that …

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Bringing “Sexy Back” to IT Ops. An EMEA view on .conf2015

As I write this, I’m on a train into London and back in a cold, foggy, slightly chilly UK following September’s .conf2015 in Las Vegas. It was a pretty bumper week with around 4000 people in the MGM Grand hearing hundreds of fantastic customer stories, new product announcements, a huge partner pavilion and some great Splunk stories being shared over a drink (or two…). This year’s event generated some great buzz with #SplunkConf trending on Twitter during the keynote. From an EMEA perspective, we had three customer testimonials in the opening hour from BMW (using Splunk for IoT), Otto Group (using Splunk for business analytics) and Vodafone (using Splunk’s new IT Service Intelligence product). We also had customer speaking sessions from …

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Getting Smarter with Splunk; Lessons Learned in Higher Education

university-of-adelaide-logoSplunk has a lot of smart people working to bring you the best product experience and return on investment that we can. I am always humbled, however, when customers come back to Splunk with ideas that are brilliant, creative, and valuable… and something that we as a company would probably have never thought of ourselves. Splunk a train? We got that. Splunk a plane? We got that. Splunk an automobile? We got that too.

Which is why the potential of working with the best universities on the planet is so exciting – once these folks understand and explore the power of Splunk, the ongoing transformation of the research and teaching institutions will accelerate in ways we can …

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HTTP Event Collector, your DIRECT event pipe to Splunk 6.3

At .conf2015, we introduced HTTP Event Collector, a new exciting capability for developers to send events from applications, DevOps tools, and IoT into Splunk. In this post I’ll explain what it is and how it can help.

Why something new?

A common request we’ve heard from you, the Splunk developer community, over and over is “How can I send data directly to Splunk?”. When you say direct, what you really mean is without needing a local forwarder and generally you are talking about sending from clients living outside the corporate network.

Up until your options have been to use TCP/UDP inputs or the REST API. Each of these are usable, but they have their challenges and limitations as they …

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