Trip Report, Splunk Conference 2017

This [last] week was Splunk’s annual user conference (.conf), which took place in Washington DC this year. Now Splunk.conf is different than lots of other user conferences, although it does remind me of some of the events I attended at the start of my career (dare I say DECWorld?). Many Splunk users are absolutely gaga over the product and the company. Splunk customers exchange use cases, give presentations, participate in panel discussions, and talk about the way they use Splunk today and their plans for the future. Heck, they will even open up about what features they’d like to see Splunk adopt in the future. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Time to Embrace a Security Management Plane in the Cloud

There’s an old saying that change is the enemy of security. To avoid disruptive changes, many cybersecurity professionals strive for tight control of their environment and this control extends to the management of security technologies. Experienced cybersecurity professionals often opt to install management servers and software on their networks so that management and staff “owns” their technologies and can control everything they can. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Security Operations Spending and ROI

ESG recently surveyed 412 cybersecurity and IT professionals asking a number of questions about their organization’s security analytics and operations. Overall, security operations are quite difficult, many organizations complain about too many manual processes, too many disconnected point tools, and a real shortage of the right skills. These issues can lead to lengthy incident detection and response cycles or worse yet, damaging data breaches. Just ask Equifax. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Toward Enterprise Security Technology Integration

Last week, I posted a blog about the move toward cybersecurity vendor and technology consolidation along with a growing emphasis on technology integration in the enterprise. Here’s some additional data that reinforces these conclusions. As part of a recent ESG research project, 176 cybersecurity and IT professionals were presented with several statements and asked whether they agreed or disagreed with each one. Here are the results: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Impact on Technology Innovation

I continue to research and write about the ongoing global cybersecurity skills shortage. For example, ESG research indicates that 45% of organizations report a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills today, more than any other area within IT. Want more?  Here are a few tidbits from last year’s research project done in conjunction with the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). In a survey of 437 cybersecurity professionals and ISSA members: 29% of cybersecurity professionals say that the global cybersecurity skills shortage has had a significant impact on their organization. Another 40% say that the global cybersecurity skills shortage has impacted their organization somewhat. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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