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A look back at Shmoocon 2017 from the FNG

As winter picks up its stride and the cold temps become the norm, you look at the calendar and realize Shmoocon is here. This was my first time attending and I didn’t know what to expect. Just the ticket process alone was an event…that I missed out on. But luckily the Aplura family had my
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Aplura sponors CALUG

Aplura is pleased to announce that we now sponsor the Columbia Area Linux Users Group(CALUG) and this note was posted to the group’s mailing list. CALUG is a long running user group in Columbia Maryland that holds monthly meetings on varied topics about Linux and related projects. Meetings are free to attend and open to
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Bringing an Intern to ShmooCon

Hacking. Lock picking. Cracking code. The buzzwords found in Hollywood films were actually happening at Shmoocon. This hacking convention brought a crowd with a unique talent for computing together, and the outcome was one that was unforgettable. Walking around the conference was a whole experience in itself. People from all different areas of the security
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Create Better Correlation Searches

Create Better Correlation Searches Splunk Enterprise Security comes with 60 correlation searches. Depending on your data, some of these searches are a little noisy and create too many Notable Events. In this article I’m going to show you how to modify a correlation search to narrow the focus, and create a smaller amount of higher
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Community, Splunk, and why it matters

Forget about the sales, the vendors, the swag, and the keynotes. After all, every conference seems to have those items in abundant supply, whether or not you want them. Let’s instead turn our faces out of the darkness and into the shining light of an aspect of Splunk .conf that is pervasive and essential. Community.
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Splunk .conf (and Aplura teammates) teaches old dogs new tricks

I’ve been doing this Splunk thing for quite a while (I’ll be celebrating my sixth year with Aplura soon). But the great thing about the variety of content available at Splunk’s annual conference, is that even us graybeards (only a little gray, thank you) can learn new things. This year, the new tricks came from
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I Think I Have This Conf Figured Out Now

Being at .conf2016 was an epic experience. First, the sense of camaraderie amongst the team set the tone for the conference.  The awesome attire and see everyone in one place really drove that home.  The conference followed from there. The talks (in sessions and with fellow Splunk users) were informative and engaging.  Two unknown Aplura
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Diving into Email Headers

I’ve been meaning to revisit something I spend a good deal of time on in a past life. Email headers can be a valuable source of intelligence when combating anything from basic spam all the way to targeted phishing campaigns. In my experience, even sophisticated attackers do not make much of an attempt to vary items
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Splunk User Groups

User groups are an integral part of the Splunk community. User groups are a place for regionally located users, customers, partners, and the occasional Splunker to congregate, learn, socialize, and generally have a great time. User groups differ by region and leader, but they all have one thing in common – Splunk. We strive to
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Eyes Wide Open, Splunk University

Here I am, going to my 2nd .conf. It’s at Disney. They say it’s a ‘Magical Place.’ I’ll test that theory. Woe is me, before the magic comes the University. Classes, classes, you just can’t get away always have to go back and learn something. I signed up for a 2 day boot-camp for ITSI
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