Top 10 Splunk and Cisco Highlights in 2014
Over the past 7 years Cisco and Splunk have built a broad and multi-faceted relationship.
Internally Cisco IT, security, engineering and other teams use Splunk software every day for operational intelligence and security analytics. Cisco shared details at Splunk’s 2014 user conference in a session titled “How Cisco IT Moved from Reactive to Proactive and Even Predictive with Splunk” and Cisco’s CSIRT team commented a blog post on Security Logging in an Enterprise “… [W]e moved to Splunk from a traditional SIEM as Splunk is designed and engineered for ‘big data’ use cases.”
Splunk & Cisco have partnered across security, networking, application management, IoT, Big Data and other areas to help our joint customers realize the same …
Monitoring Network Traffic with Sysmon and Splunk
Every IT guy has a set of tools that they use every day. One of mine is sysinternals. It’s a set of Windows utilities made available by Microsoft that do a whole slew of things. You can install them with chocolatey (another in my toolset) or downloaded and unpacked from their website. If you use Windows and this toolset isn’t in your arsenal, maybe it’s time.
Back in August, I got a request from one of our engineers asking me if we had any plans to support the collection of Sysmon data. Sysmon is a Windows system service (yes, another agent) that logs system activity to the Windows Event Log. However, it places all the important stuff in the …
From South Africa to Oslo & shipping to life insurance to sensor data. SplunkLive EMEA customer round up.
It has been a busy few weeks for Splunk EMEA with eight SplunkLive events in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Amsterdam. There have been close to a thousand people hearing some great customer stories about how organisations use Splunk to get operational intelligence across a huge range of different industries. I was lucky enough to be at six of them and thought it would be worth sharing some of the stories from across the region.
It has been a bit of a flying visit to each country with the usual plane-airport-taxi-hotel-presentation-taxi-airport-plane but the range of use cases for Splunk, the many different industries and the different kinds of value the organisations are getting from …
Splunk, Big Data and Healthcare Analytics in the Federal Government – Part 3 DHMSM
Welcome to part three of my three-part blog on the ascending role of big data for healthcare analytics in the federal government. In this final part of the series we look at DHMSM, a very large project to find efficiency and insight in near real time. Part one and part two can be found here and here.
DHMSM and the problem to be addressed
Department of Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) Program is administering an RFP for a potential $11B effort which calls for the modernization the Department of Defense healthcare system by uniting multiple legacy healthcare systems and data stores, developed over decades. I’ve reviewed most of the RFP consisting over 20 attachments which also calls for …
The Role of Big Data in Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Healthcare – Part 2 RMADA
In part two of the healthcare analytics topic we take a look at the RMADA RFP.
It is only through measurement that the quality of healthcare delivered can be improved and its delivery made more efficient. The Federal government needs to facilitate the highest quality at the lowest cost. Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) all involve the use of Federal dollars and the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) has access to a massive amount of data the that could be used for planning, analysis, implementation, and rapid cycle evaluation of innovation and determine program effectiveness.
The purpose of the RMADA RFP, (contract awarded July 2014) is to solicit bids to, “…develop a Research, Measurement, Assessment, …
Splunk, Big Data and Healthcare Analytics in the Federal Government – Part 1 The Veterans Administration
There have been three interesting events that have occurred recently in the area of healthcare analytics that deserve our attention:
- The passage through the US House and Senate of the Veterans Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act;
- The development of a government IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract to develop a Research, Measurement, Assessment, Design, and Analysis (RMADA) that will provide analytic support and technical assistance for models and demonstration programs that are derived under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and;
- Department of Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) Program procurement task orders.
These three activities all highlight the need for a big data solution in healthcare that can provide accountability, …
Deploying Splunk Securely with Ansible Config Management – Part 1
More times than not I have seen corporations struggle with config management and it is key for concise mitigation and remediation plan. Interfacing with a variety of Splunk customers the corporations whom do implement a config management system usually have a different tactic on how to manage Splunk while doing it in a secure fashion. In this series of blog posts which will hopefully walk you through a simple deployment of Ansible all the way to the most complex use-cases I have seen. I will first be covering how Ansible can be leverage to manage a simple Splunk deployment on your own hosts. Part 2 we will cover how this can be done in a larger scale with EC2 …
Generating Elliptical Curve Certs for Splunk
Very often we get questions about generating stronger Cert/Keys for Splunk. Specifically from users who run a vulnerability scanner against their Splunk instance. By default, Splunk ships with a 1024 bit strength RSA Cert. This is the same certificate authority cert across all Splunk binaries. Splunk recommends customers use their own CA and cert/key pair in the securing Splunk documentation. It is good practice to sign certs by your own CA.
I recommend an EC (Elliptical Curve) key/pair. For more about EC have a look here. Here are a few pros and cons of using EC certs:
- Perfect Forwarding Secrecy (PFS) support
- Shorter Keys which are as Strong as RSA key but are easier on the
Sharing the Splunk Cloud Love
Tough to beat a reference like that!
However, I’m pleased to say that for Splunk Cloud…we just came pretty close.
- “The user interface for tweaking the dashboards was so phenomenally
Cisco Security Suite 3.0.3 now includes Cisco Sourcefire
The Cisco Security Suite app continues to get updated for Splunk 6.x. The latest addition is support for Cisco Sourcefire. Information from your eStreamer server (e.g. Defense Center) is visualized including:
- Intrusion events
- Sensor information
- Policy information
- Flow summaries
- File / Malware events
- Correlation events
So now, the Cisco Security Suite supports:
- Cisco ASA and PIX firewall appliances, the FWSM firewall services module
- WSA web security appliance
- Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliance (ESA)
- Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
- Cisco Sourcefire
Also, with each release, we incorporate more feedback about documentation. Documentation can be found within the Cisco Security Suite app itself and on the Documentation tab on http://apps.splunk.com/app/525/.
Be sure to check out Splunk Answers as well for community …