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Splunk|  Blog

State and Local Government: Unleashing Your Data

1 July 2015 - The right big data solution for state and local government agencies can help thwart cyber attacks, improve IT operations, enhance citizen services, and more. Realizing the full value of your data will unlock a trove of insight to support your agency’s mission. Government agencies at every level fa…

Phishing – What does it look like in machine data?

1 July 2015 - Hello Security Ninjas, in the last write up i shared info of a phishing mail i received and what questions do you want to ask once an attack is identified. In this one, i want to give you some technical insights how it can look like when performing an investigation. I’m sure you have analyze…

Splunk Apps and Add-ons: Do You Possess the Apptitude?

30 June 2015 - At Splunk, we’re committed to helping customers across industry and government ingest, organize and visualize their data to gain intelligent insights. Our platform is designed to help users maximize the use of machine data through powerful search and analysis capabilities. What many people don’t…

Masters of Machines 2015 Part 2: IT Complexity on the Rise

30 June 2015 - In part 1, I spoke about the key findings from the recently published research by Quocirca. In part 2, I’ll focus on how the research shows that Operational Intelligence helps manage IT infrastructure complexity. The adoption of cloud services (IaaS, Paas and SaaS) has a lot of well documented ben…

Introducing #TriviaTuesday — Your chance to win a free pass to .conf2015

29 June 2015 - How would you like to attend .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference for FREE?! We assume your answer is “uhhhh….yes, please…” So let us tell you how it can be done: Simply start brushing up on your .conf knowledge because we are kicking off a #TriviaTuesday sweeps…

Snort  |  Blog

Snort++ Alpha 2 Available Now!

6 July 2015 - The second alpha release of Snort++ is now available on, and it includes a lot of new features and functionality:Snort features:sync with Snort 297-177ported dns inspectorported ssh and ssl inspectorported smtp, pop, and imap inspectorsported sip inspectorported file processingNew features…

Snort Subscriber Rule Set Update for 07/02/2015

2 July 2015 - Just released:Snort Subscriber Rule Set Update for 07/02/2015We welcome the introduction of the newest rule release from Talos. In this release we introduced 30 new rules and made modifications to 4 additional rules. There were no changes made to the snort.conf in this release.Talos's rule…

Snort++ Update

2 July 2015 - Pushed build 159 to github (snortadmin/snort3):added file processing to new_http_inspectported sip preprocessorrefactoring port group init and start up outputstandardize / generalize fp buffersadd log_hext.widthtweak style guidefix hosts table parsingThe 2nd Alpha release is coming soon!

Snort Subscriber Rule Set Update for 06/30/2015, Apple Quicktime CVE-2015-3667

30 June 2015 - Just released:Snort Subscriber Rule Set Update for 06/30/2015We welcome the introduction of the newest rule release from Talos. In this release we introduced 31 new rules and made modifications to 24 additional rules. There were no changes made to the snort.conf in this release. Talos woul…

Snort++ Update

26 June 2015 - We are working hard on the next update and have many things in the works but nothing yet is far enough along to merit a push to github this week.  There will be something next week for sure, and the second alpha release is coming soon too.  :)…

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