Splunk is a software that enables one to monitor, search, visualize, and also to analyze machine-generated data (best example are application logs, data from websites, database logs for a start) to big-data using a web style interface. It is advanced software that indexes and searches log files stored on a system or the like, alongside to that, it is a scalable and potent software. Splunk bridges the gaps which a single simple log management software or a security information product or a single event management product can manage all by themselves.
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Information security has been and will ever be a topic that has to be properly planned, and at the same time, it should always be up to the newer standards. The moment an organization falls backward on this front, it will fall prey to the latest cyber threats and advanced threats.
Big data, as you know, the data that gets generated in very high volumes on any given day from a variety of devices (real-time or not), information security professionals face issues on these lines on any given day. Splunk comes in as a cool breeze into this realm of big data security analytics with its abilities to collect and also to ingest logs and related details on any given platform.
With this little understanding and also with the right context set for the topic, let us take a closer look at how Splunk comes into rescue.
Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) is the security platform that has been designed to provide the improvised utilization of security-related data with the usage of big data security analytics. Splunk Enterprise Security platform also has the capabilities of a traditional SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) solution.
Splunk Enterprise Security as a SIEM solution provides better insight into data generated from various security technologies on the lines of network, endpoints, accesses, malware, vulnerabilities, and also with the identity information. By virtue, this provides information security professionals and also the necessary decision-makers with the right options and tools to analyze threats, if not necessarily to deal with them from Splunk itself.
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With that said, Splunk can be integrated with the public, private, and also with hybrid cloud deployments and this integration can also be extended to Software as a Service (SaaS) environment too. It doesn’t really matter on Splunk deployed for continuous real-time monitoring or for rapid response, or as a security operations center (SOC, to quickly identify issues) or even for professionals to have quicker access to open business risks – Splunk Enterprise Security provides the much-needed flexibility to customize correlation searches, alerts, reports, dashboards to fulfill all the necessary needs.
Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) provides you with the ease of detecting potential attacks and respond to them (internally / externally). Splunk can be easily and comfortably said to be suitable for Organizations irrespective of their sizes and in addition to that Splunk Enterprise Security streamlines all the possible aspects of security operations.
Let us now look at the possible situations that Splunk Enterprise Security helps us or as an Organization with its SIEM solutions, these can very safely termed as advantages or benefits to your Organization – if Splunk Enterprise Security is put to use in your Organization:
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Splunk ES gives a very clear picture of your Organization’s security posture and it makes it very easy to customize views for better accessibility. You can even drill down these views to identify the raw event with a lot of ease. Provides ways and means to key security indicators and also provides access to static and dynamic thresholds
Splunk ES provides a granular view on the security aspects of your data, which in turn increases the rate at which the issues can be detected. Once this is achieved, we can carefully look at optimizing the incident responses with alerts, centralized logs or pre-defined reports and correlations.
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Splunk ES provides you with ways and means to conduct ad-hoc searches and also enables you to visualize static or dynamic correlations in the process of identifying any malicious activities against your Organization.
With the provided security, we can conduct organized checks on how the attack your own Organization. Based on this, we can trace out the necessary dynamic activities and also fill the associated risks that can cause any of the advanced threats. Applying the kill-chain methodology to analyze and identify the attack lifecycle.
In this article, we have tried to demystify what Splunk can do as standalone software and where its usages can be. We have also tried to understand how to use Splunk’s Enterprise Security feature in conjunction to act as a SIEM solution.
Hope this article has provided all the necessary details for you to understand the concept altogether. If you are willing to look for more details on this topic, we suggest you to go through the Splunk documentation (the mother of all possible related documentation available online).