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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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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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.


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.

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Meet Our FCW 2016 Rising Star: Nick Murray

PrintI am thrilled to announce that Nick Murray, our Public Sector Strategist for CDM and Cloud Programs, was just recognized as one of Federal Computer Week’s (FCW) 2016 Rising Stars.

Over the past decade, FCW has honored an elite group of government professionals and industry executives who are still early in their federal IT careers but are already making an enormous impact in their field.  As one of this year’s winners, Nick has joined the ranks of other distinguished Rising Stars, all of whom share a sense of duty, commitment to excellence and devotion to public service.

As many of you know, in the past year alone, Nick has worked to incorporate Splunk technologies into complex, distributed architectures across …

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Sacramento Sheriff’s Department – Reducing crime with Intelligence-led policing powered by machine data

Sac_SheriffEvery day we see how machine data is helping organizations – big and small, commercial and government – solve complex challenges and deliver key benefits such as IT system uptime, better application delivery, detect fraud, faster incident response, quicker IT troubleshooting, to name a few.  Out of the many benefits this data type extends is the ability to reuse it to resolve issues and apply it outside of traditional IT and security environments.  And that is exactly what the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office is doing.  They are harnessing machine data with Splunk and using the resulting Operational Intelligence to solve crime through intelligence-led policing, manage officer workload, enhance agency reputation and significantly improve IT resource efficiencies.

The Sheriff’s Office is responsible …

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Gartner Catalyst recap: City of San Diego Leading Innovation

San_Diego_City_SealA few perfectly pleasant and sunny days earlier this month formed an inviting setting for the Gartner Catalyst conference in San Diego.  I had the distinct honor of introducing and kicking off a session led by Mr. Gary Hayslip, the CISO for the City of San Diego, on how they use data analytics to fight cyber threats, manage application delivery, coordinate city-wide IT services and help San Diego continue to innovate as a smart city. Consider the following:

  • The City of San Diego, long considered one of the most innovative cities in the world and the 8th largest city in the US, employs 11,000 people to serve its 1.5 Million citizens and conducts $4 Billion in business
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Splunk for Risk Management Framework

SplunkGov LogoThe term Risk Management Framework (RMF) can mean many things to many people.  As the paper ‘Beyond Compliance —Addressing the Political, Cultural and Technical Dimensions of Applying the Risk Management Framework’ from MITRE Corporation points out it could mean a replacement of DIACAP within the DoD, it could mean a replacement to the C&A process or it could be an evolution from compliance to a more risk based approach.

In 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) introduced the Risk Management Framework (RMF) to help federal agencies better manage the many risks associated with operating an information system. It is clear that a compliance-only oriented approach is not enough for a robust security posture, especially in the face of …

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Collaboration is the Key to Government Innovation

I recently participated in a panel while attending the Bloomberg RE/BOOT event in Washington, D.C. The focus of the panel was how to improve partnerships between government and industry. We started by discussing how industry can better partner with government agencies to strengthen cybersecurity in the United States. At Splunk, we solve problems by viewing the overall security solution from an ecosystem lens. Splunk technologies are just one part of that ecosystem. To address challenges in a government environment, we see our operational intelligence platform as the foundation that serves as the nerve center of the security operations ecosystem. No single solution or technology can solve every government problem, but together, industry technology leaders can partner with agencies to tackle …

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Splunk & the National Defense University: Educating the Security Warriors

200px-National_Defense_UniversityEvery six months, or once a semester if you are academically inclined, our Splunk Public Sector office in Tysons Corner, VA hosts students from the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC to discuss emerging security trends, the evolving threat landscape and adaptive threat response initiatives that make all data crucial to security warriors.

For those who are not familiar, NDU’s mission is to support warfighters by providing rigorous joint professional military education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others to develop leaders who are able to operate and creatively think in an increasingly unpredictable and complex world. The University’s overarching purpose is to educate, develop and inspire national security leaders.

These semiannual meetings consist of the …

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