Technology to Protect Your Technology

orrstownbankdebitcardborderIf it hasn’t happened to you yet, it probably will. That moment when you instinctively check your online bank account only to discover several very recent ATM withdrawals you never made. In fact, you couldn’t have physically made them. The withdrawals were too close together in time, too far apart in distance. You call the bank and learn that they do have protective security measures in place, but the system hadn’t yet flagged the transactions as fraud. You’re relieved. You’ll get your money back. But, you’re discouraged that you discovered the fraud before the bank’s technology did.

According to a 2013 Forrester Report, online fraud costs merchants $200-250 billion per year and financial institutions $12-15 billion. 

At Splunk, our lifeblood …

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Business Analytics at Splunk .conf2015

LGO-conf2015-RGBTime flies when you are having fun! With a blink of an eye, I am onto my second Splunk .conf event.

This years event is shaping up to be the best one yet! With amazing keynotes, customer led sessions, industry panels, expert sessions, etc. to name a few. Being a veteran of attending tech events, .conf is one of my favorite – the passion customers and fellow Splunkers bring to .conf is simply amazing!

This year we have a great round up of customers who have extended Splunk for Business Analytics use cases. These customer have leveraged the power of Splunk and applied their ingenuity to – improve customer experience, understand how customers use their products and engage with their …

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Five First Impressions of Splunk

As a newcomer to the Splunk family, I have been drinking through the proverbial firehose, learning about the company, its solutions, and its customers. It has been energizing, and an eye-opener for me. So for my first post on the Splunk blog, I would like to share my early impressions, as a way to give some insight into a company that some of you might not know all about.

1. The customers

The first thing I noticed was the excitement of (and for) our customers and community. Splunk has some of the most passionate customers I have ever seen, and one of the strongest communities too. You just need to check presentations from Splunk Live or our upcoming User Conference,

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Lookups: Not Just for Enriching Data

This is a guest post contributed by Luke Netto, Security Engineer, Level 3 Communications

Lookups are a great way to enrich events with more meaningful data, however they are a very costly operation to search events using the enhanced fields.

While working on a recent project as a security engineer at Level 3 Communications, I found a much more efficient way to search these new fields. This trick works with any lookups that can be used as a reverse lookup. In the example below I allow users to search logs containing integer-formatted IP addresses using dot-decimal notation without performing a lookup on each event.

In order to search for in this dataset in the most efficient way possible you …

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Your Picture of Health at .conf2015

LGO-conf2015-RGB.conf2015 is fast approaching, and I’m really looking forward to this year’s event! We’ve carved out a healthcare track out of the 165+ sessions, jampacked with great content. Oh, and we have A NEW SPLUNK T-SHIRT too, just for healthcare! Come join us for these sessions:

Tuesday, September 22

  • 4:15pm – Healthcare Panel: Just What the Doctor Ordered: Innovative Use Cases in Healthcare: featuring demos on using Splunk to ingest and parse HL7 data for time-critical operational intelligence. Pick up your new Splunk t-shirt here!
  • 4:15pm – AdvancedMD: Using Splunk for IT Service Intelligence. Speakers: Tyler Girmer, Coby Nielsen

Wednesday, September 23

  • 10:00am – Cerner Corporation: Predict, Alert, Manage and Optimize an Ecosystem With Splunk. Speakers:
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Storytelling: The Heart of Splunk Beats at .conf2015

I love a good story. It’s when you hear an amazing story that the lines blur between what you were told and what you actually feel. I also believe there is great power in a well-told story – the power to motivate, teach, inspire, and entertain.  In business, we often use our podium time to help teach or report out, but when I hear people share ideas through emotionally-charged storytelling, I find that I’m more apt to relate to and then recall what was said.


Our Splunk customers are some of the best storytellers I know. When they present, I often feel like I’m listening to ancient explorers or modern-day detectives who are using Splunk software to make rare discoveries …

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SplunkLive! SF 2015: A Recap

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 12.56.28 PMWe had a record breaking day in the bay at our 8th annual SplunkLive! San Francisco with over 900 attendees! This all new track style format – offering 16 different sessions in a single day – provided valuable content for Splunk newbies and seasoned Splunk customer champions alike.
Highlights included:

  • Godfrey Sullivan, Splunk Chairman and CEO, was joined on stage by Haiyan Song, SVP of Security Markets, and Snehal Antani, Splunk CTO. Haiyan covered the recent Caspida acquisition and the addition of data science-driven Behavioral Analytics to the industry’s most powerful analytics-enabled SIEM solution. Snehal Antani rounded out the keynote by discussing the evolution of IT; transitioning from a back office function, to a core part of the value
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State and Local Government: Unleashing Your Data

B_GSiiLXIAAU1wsThe 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.

Splunk worked with

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Splunk Enterprise Helps Lockheed Martin Further Embrace “The Need for Speed”

Top Gun was ahead of its time in so many ways. The leather jackets, aviator shades and 80s music we can’t get out of our heads. Maverick and Goose were definitely right about one thing – when it comes to fighter jets, there is a need … the need for speed.

Thirty years later, Splunk is helping Lockheed Martin embrace its need for speed. That is – the need for consolidated, real-time analysis to support Lockheed’s F-35 Lightning II Program, which includes aircraft built for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines.

Today, we are pleased to announce a contract award with Lockheed Martin to support the F-35 Lightning II Program. Lockheed Martin is using Splunk Enterprise’s monitoring …

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The Fan Experience Comes Down to Data

A scenario for a football fan’s version of a “terrible, horrible, no good, bad day:” It starts with your stomach grumbling with hunger at that football game you’ve been waiting for weeks to attend. You run down to concessions, only to wait in a long line and when you finally reach the counter, you find that they’re out of that hot dog you had your heart set on. Not only are you hotdog-less, but you inevitably missed that great hit or a touchdown. Now with an empty stomach, you look forward to getting home and watching the other games you recorded on your DVR—until you find that something went wrong and they’re not there.

We all know that in today’s …

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