Day in the Life of a Security Analyst (Part 1)

data-privacy-dayOver the next three months, the Splunk Security team will be looking at the emerging role and hero of the Security Operations Center (SOC): the security analyst. This role has drastically changed over the past 10 years, and we will observe how a changing threat landscape and advancing technology have redefined what it means to be a security analyst.

We’re publishing our first post to coincide with Data Privacy Day, an annual, international effort aimed at creating awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. In this post, I speak with Splunk Security Analyst and Researcher, Kathy Wang, to discuss life as a security analyst in the early 2000’s.

Take me back 10 years. How did you

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Splunk WiT: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2016

When I boarded my flight from San Francisco to Houston, the first thing I saw was a MacBook with a “Girls Develop It” sticker. I knew I was in the right place but I didn’t expect that my entire flight was headed to the Grace Hopper Conference. Once I settled into my seat I noticed all the backpacks, jackets, vests and other assorted “vendorware” with logos from Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google…you name it. I was proud that this year Splunk joined their ranks as a first time sponsor. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, produced by the Anita Borg Institute, is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.

IMG_0338When the expo hall doors opened on Wednesday …

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Women in Technology: Meet Comcast’s Kate Lawrence-Gupta

KateLawrence-Gupta_headshot2016[1]We’ve known about Kate’s technology leadership at Comcast, one of the world’s largest media companies, for some time now. Our team first learned about Kate’s accomplishments using Splunk software when she won a Revolution Award at .conf2013. Then, we got to hear more about her story when she sat on a Women in Technology (WiT) panel at .conf last year.

At .conf2016, Kate and her team at Comcast were honored to be included in CEO Doug Merritt’s keynote address, where he highlighted her team’s achievements with Splunk and the X1 Platform.

In this Women in Technology (#SplunkWiT) Q&A blog, Lawrence-Gupta shares some of what she has learned on her path to engineering leadership at Comcast and her …

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Haiyan Song Celebrated as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech

B8D0DA9F-EDB5-4E54-BF2F-B1942EB678F6Breaking barriers and setting high standards for themselves and others. That’s how the National Diversity Council’s President and CEO, Dennis Kennedy, described the 50 women who were celebrated for their achievements and contributions to technology. A dinner reception was held at the Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, last week to honor these women and among the 50 included our own Haiyan Song, SVP of Security Markets. In her introduction video, Haiyan spoke about her early childhood dream of becoming an astronaut after watching a moon landing documentary. From a young age this freedom to roam in space inspired her to break barriers and become a leader.

Haiyan’s view on leadership includes a lifelong quest “to be a student of life …

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Women in Technology: Have a blast — do what you love in tech

LinkedIn-WIT-Banner-101When we recently kicked off our Women in Technology (#SplunkWiT) Q&A blog post series I knew that Cardinal Health’s Patty Morrison would be an exceptional woman to feature. We value her, both as a customer and as a member of Splunk’s board of directors. I’m grateful that Morrison took time to share some of what she has learned in her career dedicated to using technology to solve business problems.

Tell us about your role at Cardinal Health.
I’m executive vice president for customer support services and chief information officer (CIO). I have responsibility for our primary customer service, customer administration functions for our medical and pharmaceutical businesses and global IT.

What was your path to where you are

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Splunk Sponsors Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

GraceHopperAd-BlogThe 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will take place Oct.19-21 in Houston, Texas, and we are pleased that Splunk has signed on as a sponsor. The world’s largest gathering of women technologists will include inspiring workshops, seminars and networking events.

Named after computer pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper, the conference connects women in computing with organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. The event is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, a nonprofit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing.

Splunk will have a booth at the event (#2414), so you can come by and talk to Splunkers from our products, marketing and human resources teams about opportunities …

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Women in Technology: Meet Booz Allen’s Angie Messer

Angie Messer, EVP, Booz Allen

Angie Messer, EVP, Booz Allen

When we launched our Women in Technology (#SplunkWiT) Q&A blog post series recently, I knew Angie Messer would be an inspiring woman to feature. I met Angie for the first time at .conf 2015, Splunk’s annual users conference when I participated in a “war game” exercise led by Booz Allen. What an experience! I’m delighted to share our recent conversation highlighting Angie’s thoughts on the importance of getting more women involved in STEM and cyber and the related initiatives Booz Allen supports.

Tell us about your role at Booz Allen Hamilton.
I’ve been at Booz Allen close to 20 years and have had multiple roles. Today, I lead Cyber in multiple …

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National Center for Women & Information Technology Presents on Workplace Bias at Splunk WiT Event

NCWITlogo_squareOn July 21 at Splunk HQ, Splunk WiT hosted Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, senior research scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), who led an interactive presentation on “Unconscious Biases: Addressing Underrepresentation and Stealth Barriers to Innovation.”

Splunk’s executive team has prioritized attracting and retaining diverse talent, and we have joined the NCWIT Workforce Alliance to support these efforts. According to the NCWIT, women make up 57% of professional occupations in the U.S., but we hold only 25% of computing jobs. A concerning trend is that many women in technical jobs are leaving tech for other professions. The reasons for this shift likely include biases, subtle dynamics and micro-inequities that chip away at women’s sense of belonging …

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Women in Tech International Summit: The Inspiring, the Intimidating, and the Insidious

witi-logo-1200x630It’s easy, when wrapped in your work/life bubble, to convince yourself that, despite the internet and the phone calls and maybe even your own Women in Tech group, you’re still alone in this struggle. There’s an isolation, and with that isolation a fear that the only person who will care about you, who will stand up for you…is you.

In the end, that’s why events like the Women in Technology International (WiTI) Summit, and other WiT conferences, are so important. They remind us that we are not alone.

You are not alone.

At least many of us aren’t. But we’ll get to that.

The WiTI Summit took place last month in San Jose, and featured not only significant recruiting and informational …

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Splunk WiT Presents Operationalizing Machine Learning

WiT_VancouverThe Splunk Women in Technology group hosted its first international event in Vancouver on May 24th with fantastic attendance at the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA). The event provided the opportunity for technology professionals and students to hear from Splunk experts on Splunk and machine learning.

Carola Thompson, Chief Experience Officer at Splunk, kicked off the event with a brief history of the company and introduced Splunk Research Engineer Dr. Lilian Wong.

Dr. Wong, comes to Splunk with a PhD in Mathematics from Caltech and a passion for computer science. She provided an engaging overview of machine learning and how Splunk can easily perform a wide variety of tasks, including outlier detection, predictive analytics, event clustering, and anomaly detection.…

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