I have loads of technology but no single view over the security posture or resilience of our IT infrastructure.
I keep hearing about Splunk – but how can it help me?
The volume of data being generated by machines has grown exponentially over the last few years. Not only have the number of machines in a company’s IT Infrastructure grown but there has also been significant growth in the types of devices we now use – such as smart TVs, smart appliances and smart city technologies. Splunk helps to make sense of the vast volumes of data being generated by all these devices. It would take technical staff hours if not days to wade their way through thousands of lines of data. There is just too much information which is complex to understand and in an unstructured format. This is where a technology such as Splunk comes into its own. You can feed this data into Splunk and let it process and extract the relevant information to enable you to quickly identify issues or problems through visualisations.
I have so much data, can Splunk process it quickly enough to help me?
One of Splunk’s biggest selling points is its’ ability to perform real time processing. Because of this you can configure alerts or notifications to trigger in sufficient time for appropriate action to be taken. In addition, advanced notice will allow you to scale up your infrastructure in sufficient time to avoid outages or downtime. To help reduce unforeseen outages applications such as IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) can help. This may be the first time that you have been able to visualise the IT environment that you own, manage or support.
We already use lots of technology - how much time and money will it take to implement Splunk in our organisation?
Splunk has been around for more than 10 years. Over this time software and hardware vendors have come on board to assist in the development of applications and add-ons to enable companies to implement Splunk quickly and easily without extended periods of development. Below is an example of the types of applications that are available for you to download which support Cisco infrastructural components.
In addition, Splunk have developed a number of paid for applications which can speed deployment and return on investment within your organisation.
Splunk Enterprise Security enables an organisation to improve its Security Operations using analytics-driven security. It assists in the identification, prioritisation and management of security events with event sequencing, alert management, risk scores and customisable dashboards and visualisations.
Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) helps organisations accelerate root cause analysis and predicts future degradation with Predictive Cause Analysis and KPI Predictions. It allows service owners to drill down on a KPI to check scores for the underlying services that matter the most and proactively and quickly remediate predicted issues or outages.
Splunk User Behaviour Analytics (UBA) is a machine learning driven solution that helps organisations find hidden threats and anomalous behavior across users, devices, and applications. Its data science driven approach produces actionable results with risk ratings and supporting evidence, augmenting SOC analysts’ existing techniques. In addition, it provides visual pivot points for hunters to proactively investigate anomalous behavior.