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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Women in Technology: Meet Kamisha Williams

Splunk Gains Young Talent Through Partnership With Year Up

I first heard about Kamisha Williams’ impressive leadership skills when she led a new-hire group in a volunteer Splunk4Good afternoon at San Francisco’s Buena Vista Horace Mann Community School. When I learned that she had participated in the Year Up program that guided her toward a contractor position at Splunk, I couldn’t wait to learn more from her.  I had heard of Year Up before I met Kamisha and understood it was an incredible force in closing the opportunity divide so I was excited to learn that Splunk was involved in this program.

Tell me about your role at Splunk

Kamisha Williams, right, with Splunkers from the HR team.

Kamisha Williams, right, with Splunkers from the HR team.

I’ve been …

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Splunk Women In Tech: Making the Jump to the Executive and C-Suite

Research shows that women who have a sponsor are more likely to have better pay, advance more quickly, get more high-profile assignments and stay in the workforce once they have children. Yet, men are 45% more likely than women to have a sponsor.

Splunk WiT 3On Monday, Dec. 12, Tracy Edkins, Chief Human Resources Officer at Splunk, shared this research and highlighted the importance of sponsorship as she kicked off Splunk’s Women in Technology event: Making the Jump to the Executive and C-Suite. The event brought together 50 senior-level Splunkers to engage in a conversation on this topic. The evening included networking and executive-facilitated discussions over dinner, followed by a fireside chat with Godfrey Sullivan, Chairman of the Board and former …

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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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My Journey at Splunk and Chairing the Women in Tech (#SplunkWiT) group

In the four years that I have been at Splunk one thing has been constant – growth. Both for Splunk and for me in my career. Through the years I have personally developed and learned a tremendous amount. I am now the Vice President of the Program Management team for our Product Development organization, leading our product delivery efforts. This year I also took on the chair role of our Splunk Women in Technology committee, a position which brings me great satisfaction. I’m lucky to work with a fantastic committee of leaders at Splunk and with truly engaged executives to support and drive forward our mission: to broaden the diversity of Splunk to reflect the community we operate in.

The …

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#SplunkWiT blogs: Key Relationships to Drive Your Career

Oprah Winfrey – Maya Angelou
Yves St Laurent – Christian Dior
Mark Zuckerberg – Steve Jobs
Henry David Thoreau – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sheryl Sandberg – Larry Summers

These are just a few examples of some famous mentee – mentor relationships. When you read about the careers of famous leaders and innovators, you often learn about the significant impact a mentor had on the mentee’s career. Modern media even praises the role of mentors with TV shows like The Voice built around this concept.

A well-constructed mentor relationship provides a mentee with valuable career advice to navigate complex environments and tackle specific challenges. In spite of this, recent studies have shown that even though women have the same number of …

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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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