Gaze into Splunk’s Crystal Ball for What’s to Come in 2017

social-splunk-2017predictionsLast year, a team of Splunkers came up with several predictions for what 2016 would bring in the fields of IT, security, and big data. This year we’ve done it again, looking into our crystal ball (or industry experience) to share our prophecies for 2017.

But first, let’s look back at some of the hits and misses of what we predicted for 2016.

Behavioral analysis will shift from an emphasis on user credentials to machine-to-machine credentials.

Haiyan Song, our SVP of security markets, predicted that “anomaly detection will become less about analyzing users or entities and more about leveraging machine learning and data science.” While there’s still a way to go, this has begun to come true: As

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Stop Security Threats With Real-Time Data Monitoring

Imagine having a vast library of books but not being able to see what words live on the page that you are reading or want to read. That would be like being able to ingest security relevant data from a diverse array of data sources but not being able to use that information to monitor your security posture in near real time.

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Library of Congress

Real-time data monitoring is essential to secure an enterprise because it gives security practitioners the ability to monitor and manage the consumption and use of machine data across complex IT and security systems with visual insights into that data. The data can come from sources such as web logs, application usage to digital transactions. Why …

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Nick Bleech from Travis Perkins wins 2016 Ventana Research Leadership Award for his work with Splunk!

Hello Splunkers!

VentanaResearch_LeadershipAwards_Winner2016_lgIt’s always awesome to see our customers succeeding with Splunk. It’s even more pleasing when our customers are recognized for that success as Nick Bleech, CISO at UK builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has been. Nick has received the Ventana Research Technology Leadership Award for CyberSecurity as a result of the organization’s work with Splunk. Congratulations Nick!

These awards, organized by leading analyst firm Ventana Research: “identify business and IT leaders who are using technologies and applying best practices to create the best possible outcomes in productivity, performance and support of an organization’s goals and objectives.”

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Nick Bleech presented the organization’s journey with Splunk at .conf2016, detailing how Travis Perkins has moved to a lean cloud based SOC model …

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Double whammy for Splunk at the Computing Security Excellence Awards 2016!

Hello all,

 

Yesterday we had the honour of participating in the Security Excellence Awards from Computing.co.uk.

Computing is the leading information resource for UK technology decision makers, providing the latest market news and hard-hitting opinions.

Following the Enterprise Security and Risk and Management Summit held at the Hilton Tower Bridge, the award ceremony  revealed the industry’s leading companies, solutions, products and personalities.

Splunk was nominated in two categories – and was successful in both.

We won the award for Best SIEM for our Splunk Enterprise Security Solution as well as taking home the prize for Security Vendor of the Year.

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What a great testament to the success customers achieve with our Enterprise Machine Data Fabric. We are always …

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Introducing the Security Investigation Guided Online Experience

Are you looking to get started with Splunk for security? Or perhaps looking for how-to guides to help your Tier 1 analysts investigate security alerts?

Lots of our customers are, so we’re here to help.

Introducing the first in a series of guided online experiences that allow you to detect, validate and scope potential threats using Splunk.

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Step-by-step guide accompanying the Security Investigation online experience.

Each experience in this series will include a video walk through, a step-by-step guide and an online Splunk instance, pre-loaded with data so you can jump right in and learn how to address security issues with Splunk. No download required. No login required. No need to add data. Just get in there and …

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Recap: Splunk @ Blackhat Europe 2016

Hello Splunk Ninjas!
blackhat-euEarly November the Splunk Team attended Blackhat Europe at the Business Design Centre in London. The European hacking and penetration testing community came together to meet, exchange, collaborate and share details on what the latest hacks and vulnerabilities are. It was also an opportunity to showcase potential risks and to discuss how to improve security for organizations and consumers.

Splunk’s schedule was full during the briefing days. In our booth we shared the latest technology about big data analytics in security, machine learning, threat intelligence gathering and how security team’s should prepare for the future with automation.

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James Hanlon, Security Markets Specialist, presented in the Business Hall about how …

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Best Practices for using Splunk Enterprise for compliance

Screen Shot 2016-11-09 at 2.06.28 PMIn September at .conf2016, the Splunk worldwide users conference, I co-presented a session titled “How to Use Splunk for Automated Regulatory Compliance.” It included a discussion of regulatory compliance and standard/framework 101 and how Splunk could be used for compliance, including some case studies and product demos of the Splunk App for PCI Compliance, the CIS Critical Security Controls App for Splunk, Splunk Enterprise Security, and Splunk User Behavior Analytics.

For the technical ninjas attending the session, the most interesting part was probably the closing section covering best practices related to using Splunk Enterprise for compliance which is the focus of this blog post. I have listed these best practices below in …

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101 things the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know about PowerShell logging*

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At .conf2016 Steve Brant and I presented on how to detect PowerShell maliciousness using Splunk [2]. The only problem is, if you didn’t attend the conference and only read the PowerPoint slides you might say something like “Your presentation is just big photos and SPL”. Which is true. Frankly, we like big fonts and we cannot lie. You other presenters may deny. That when a deck goes up with a big sans-serif font and a bright image in your eyes you get… distracted by where I am going with this paragraph. As such, we are going to create blog postings of our presentation for those of you who didn’t attend our talk in person. In this missive …

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What is your “Art of the Possible” Idea?

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Allow me to paint a quick picture for you and then ask a few simple questions that are intended to significantly advance your career.

You work at a company, in an organization and at a job that pays the bills.  Your job is two parts keep the train on the tracks and one part emergency repair person.  Said another way, the long bouts of mundane routine is interrupted by emergencies not of your doing and most of the time not your responsibility but hey, when something breaks everyone gets involved.

The above story could be someone in IT, Security – or even the business (as we all have our part to do and each person contributes to the daily function of …

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Creating McAfee ePO Alert and ARF Actions with Add-On Builder

One of the best things about Splunk is the passionate user community. As a group, the community writes amazing Splunk searches, crafts beautiful dashboards, answers thousands of questions, and shares apps and add-ons with the world.

Building high quality add-ons is perhaps one of the more daunting ways to contribute. Since the recently-updated Splunk Add-On Builder 2.0 was released, however, it’s never been easier to build, test, validate and package add-ons for sharing on SplunkBase.

Technical Add-Ons, aka TAs, are specialized Splunk apps that make it easy for Splunk to ingest data, extract and calculate field values, and normalize field names against the Common Information Model (CIM). Since the release of version 6.3, Splunk Enterprise also supports TAs for …

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