Improving Visibility in Security Operations with Search-Driven Lookups

Looking back on 2016, Splunk Enterprise Security added significant capabilities to its platform for security operations, including Adaptive Response, User & Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) integration and Glass Tables.  Another capability that was added, but has received less attention is a new type of search that Splunk calls Search-Driven Lookups.  Because there has not been as much attention put to this, I wanted to share a bit about this capability and how it can be used.

Search-Driven Lookups originated from a question that users of legacy SIEM providers often asked; how can Splunk dynamically create watchlists that can then be used in correlating new events against a watchlist?  Enterprise Security has had the ability to correlate against a …

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Configuring PingIdentity PingFederate (Ping) Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Single Sign On (SSO) with Splunk Cloud

no_passwordsThere are now a few blog postings on SAML configurations for Splunk> Cloud. For Okta , Azure and ADFS. Ping is similar in complexity to the Identity Provider (IdP) ADFS, and can be a bit tricky depending on your implementation. The intent of this guide is help you along on your way to integrate Splunk> Cloud with PingFederate.

My role is a Cloud Services Advisory Engineer on the Customer Adoption and Success Team (CAST) within Splunk>. My focus is to assist our customers in their experience with our Cloud service for Splunk>. With our 6.4.x version of Splunk> Cloud, which this posting is about, the configuration for SAML definitely works quite well, but is not the most user friendly …

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Configuring Microsoft’s Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Single Sign On (SSO) with Splunk Cloud

samlThe title is definitely a mouth full…. It is easier to say “Configure ADFS SAML SSO with Splunk> Cloud“, that’s for sure, but we did get all of the definitions of acronyms down in one shot….

I’ve put together a couple of blog postings now on SAML configurations for Splunk> Cloud. One for Okta , one for Azure. ADFS is definitely a bit more involved than those other two Identity Providers (IdP), and can be a bit more tricky depending on your implementation, but with this following guide, you should be well on your way to integrating ADFS to your Splunk> Cloud instance!

I am a Cloud Services Advisory Engineer on the Customer Adoption and Success …

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Best Practices in Protecting Splunk Enterprise

Splunk EnterpriseSplunk Enterprise helps companies collect, analyze, and act upon the data generated by their technology infrastructure, security systems and business applications. Customers use Splunk software to achieve operational visibility into critical information technology assets and drive operational performance and business results.

Splunk Apps enhance and extend the Splunk platform and deliver a user experience tailored to typical tasks and roles. Most customers make use of one or more of the 1000+ Apps available in Splunkbase.

While end-users are the main consumers of Apps, App installation requires full administrator access. We strongly discourage customers from granting this access to any user other than designated administrators.

Beyond restricting admin privileges, we recommend adopting the standard deployment and operation practices described briefly …

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Developing Correlation Searches Using Guided Search

Guided Search was released in Splunk Enterprise Security 3.1, nearly two years ago, but is often an overlooked feature. In reality, it is an excellent tool for streamlining the development of correlation searches. The goal of this blog is to provide a better understanding of how this capability can be used to create correlation searches above and beyond what Enterprise Security has to meet your unique security requirements.

So what is Guided Search?

It’s a “wizard”-like process to gather the key attributes that make up a correlation search. Essentially, there are five elements to Guided Search:

  • Identify the data set to search
  • Apply a time boundary
  • Filter the data set (optional)
  • Apply statistics (optional)
  • Establish thresholds (optional)

Along the way, …

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