Archive for August, 2015

Splunk Announces .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference

More than 80 Customer Speakers Including Cisco Systems, Ernst & Young, MetLife Inc., PostFinance, Rakuten and The Vancouver Clinic

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announces .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference scheduled for Sept. 21 – 24. Thousands of attendees along with Splunk experts are set to fill the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to hear Godfrey Sullivan, chairman and CEO, Splunk, take the stage to unveil new Splunk products and innovations. .conf2015 will also feature 165 speaking sessions, an Internet of Things pavilion featuring an innovative connected car, as well as a Splunk Women in Technology program. Register now for .conf2015.

.conf2015 will feature more than 80 customers speakers from around the world, including:

Steven Carter, architect, Cisco Systems: Carter will demonstrate a system using Splunk solutions and the Cisco Open SDN Controller to actively block threats within large data flows without potential performance issues of firewalls and other devices.

Rob Schlotman, head of design and engineering, Ernst & Young: Schlotman will explain how to get answers to critical questions throughout an entire application lifecycle process with Splunk solutions, enabling everyone from IT executives to DevOps to easily understand the state of the product service and keep it operational, as well as key feature usage.

Mariya Gilyadova, director, MetLife Inc.: Gilyadova will share MetLife’s journey of using Splunk solutions to take the company focus on customer centricity and turn it into a strategic initiative to improve customer experience.

Patrick Hofmann, head of IT infrastructure and deputy CIO, PostFinance: Hofmann will discuss how one of Switzerland’s largest retail banks is using Splunk solutions to connect business and IT to improve cash management, detect fraud and enhance security.

Keisuke Noda, data store platform administrator, Rakuten: Noda will discuss some challenging points for deploying Splunk-as-a-Service, such as best practices for managing clusters and improving operations using the Splunk API and tips for expanding the Splunk platform globally.

David Studer, systems analyst, The Vancouver Clinic: Studer will discuss how Splunk solutions enable the clinic to achieve patient privacy monitoring for a fraction of the cost of the legacy patient monitoring platforms.

“Whether you want to improve customer experience and service delivery, enhance IT performance, ship better code faster, provide timely business insights, reach new levels of security in your organization, or monitor the Internet of Things, .conf2015 has everything you need to achieve your goals,” said Steve Sommer, chief marketing officer, Splunk. “We are excited to learn about our customers’ newest use cases, tips and insights. We also have some surprises in store for attendees, such as what you can discover when you use Splunk software to analyze what Splunkers do on a race track with a Mustang GT. That’s part of what’s great about Splunk software – all you need is a browser and your imagination.”

Splunk University at .conf2015

Splunk University is a hands-on, lab-inspired pre-conference educational program to help Splunk users gain new insights and experience with Splunk’s product suite. Splunk University at .conf2015 offers single-day, two-day and three-day bootcamps from Sept. 19-21. For more information visit conf.splunk.com. To sign up for Splunk University, check the appropriate boxes as you register for .conf2015.

Splunk Security Solutions Front and Center at Black Hat USA 2015

New User Behavior Analytics to Help Defend Against Advanced Threats; Splunk to Announce Winners of $150,000 Splunk Apptitude App Contest

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced it will demonstrate Caspida, the newly acquired behavioral analytics and machine learning software, at Black Hat USA 2015. Splunk security experts will also be demonstrating Splunk’s award winning security solutions, including Splunk® Enterprise, the Splunk App for Enterprise Security, Palo Alto Networks App for Splunk, FireEye App for Splunk and the Cisco Security Suite.

Additionally, Joseph Zadeh, data scientist, Splunk, will present, “From False Positives to Actionable Analysis: Behavioral Intrusion Detection, Machine Learning, and the SOC,” on Thursday, August 6 from 12:10-1:00 p.m. PT in the Mandalay Bay EF at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Zadeh is formerly of Caspida, which Splunk recently acquired to help customers better detect advanced and insider threats. Visit the Splunk booth (#347) to find out why Splunk was named a Leader in the 2015 Gartner SIEM Magic Quadrant and learn how Splunk’s machine data platform enables organizations to detect, respond to and prevent known, unknown and advanced threats.

“Advanced cyber threats are using valid, compromised credentials to access sensitive data and evade detection from traditional security products, but Splunk customers have the upper hand,” said Haiyan Song, senior vice president of security markets, Splunk. “We are excited to show Black Hat USA 2015 attendees how the combination of Caspida and Splunk software creates the most comprehensive security analytics solution available today.”

Splunk is also the official provider of Operational Intelligence for the Black Hat Network Operations Center (NOC). The Black Hat network is one of the most advanced networks for hostile environments with many constraints for security, operations and protecting user privacy. Splunk’s visibility, analytics and visualizations will help the Black Hat NOC analysts keep their network secure and operational. Keep up to date with Splunk in the NOC:

Splunk Apptitude App Contest

Splunk will also announce the winners of The Splunk Apptitude App Contest at Black Hat USA 2015. The contest, judged by a panel of industry experts, sought new solutions to cover three categories: Fraud/Insider Threats, Social Impact and Innovation. The winners will be awarded cash prizes totaling $150,000. Winners will be announced at the Splunk booth today, Wednesday, August 5 at 1:40 p.m. PT. The winners of the Fraud/Insider Threats category will show a demo of their app on Thursday, August 6 at 1:40 p.m. Splunk engineers, industry and academic experts judged dozens of apps that Splunk community members built and submitted as part of the contest.

Go to the Splunk website to learn more about Splunk security and fraud solutions.

Universities Worldwide Take Splunk to the Classroom

More than 100 Universities Teach or Research with Splunk Solutions to Help Build a Foundation for the Future of Data Analytics

Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Splunk software is being taught or used for research in more than 100 universities around the world. Using Splunk solutions in the classroom equips students and faculty with analytical skills and concepts that are in high demand in today’s business and public sector environment. Georgetown University, Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore), Northwestern University, San Jose State University, Sapienza University (Italy), University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Oxford (United Kingdom) are among the campuses teaching students the importance of gaining valuable insights from real-time analysis of machine data using Splunk solutions.

“More than 500 universities and institutions of higher learning are customers of Splunk. Now, we are providing a way for the workforce of the future to learn Splunk skills early and to gain a head start in the job market,” said Rob Reed, worldwide education evangelist, Splunk. “Splunk is excited to be actively supporting these forward-thinking universities that are training the next generation of data scientists and IT, security and business professionals with powerful software that is easy to use. It is thrilling to see college students around the world, from undergrads to Ph.D. candidates, learning in the classroom how to gain insights from machine data with Splunk solutions.”

“Today’s educational institutions can help teach skills and concepts to prepare students for success in the workplace. Hands-on experience with Splunk software can help students understand streaming live data and operational intelligence,” said Dr. Betsy Page Sigman, distinguished teaching professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University.

“At Nanyang Polytechnic, emphasis is placed on ensuring that our students acquire real-world knowledge and skills that are highly relevant in the industry, hence the inclusion of Splunk solutions in our curriculum,” said Win Aung, Information Security professor, Nanyang Polytechnic. “We are pleased to be among the first in Singapore to collaborate with Splunk in professional training since 2011 and will continue to do so as we stay in the forefront of training talents in big data competency.”

“Students need to understand the power of combining unstructured data with the structured data that businesses already collect and manage; integrating Splunk solutions into our curriculum gives them access to a simple-to-use platform that can change the competitive stature of any business,” said Scot Wheeler, lecturer of Digital Analytics, Northwestern University.

“By using Splunk software in our Social Computing class, students learn the concepts and skills they need to identify interesting social media behaviors that are generated during times of mass emergency,” said Leysia Palen, Professor of Computer Science and Chair of Information Science, University of Colorado Boulder. “In my class, students actively engaged in the analysis of Twitter data from the 2013 Colorado Floods and the 2012 Costa Rica Earthquake. Splunk software helped to accelerate students’ analysis and aided in the creation of useful visualizations for their final reports.”

“At the Global Health Network of the University of Oxford we use Splunk Enterprise in our research projects on global health issues,” said Poura Amirian, lecturer and data scientist at The Global Health Network, University of Oxford. “At Oxford University, we use Splunk Enterprise to find insights from very large datasets, and Splunk Enterprise provides us with a good combination of ease of use and big data analytics.”

Splunk has a wealth of resources to help any faculty member get started, including academic licensing, online Splunk eLearning modules (a link to the free courses can be seen in the lower right hand corner), and instructors-only Splunk training materials.

Splunk Enterprise is also available to any not-for-profit university in the United States as an Internet2 NET+ offering via a pre-negotiated contract and subscription pricing.