ISC2 Exam Developer Workshop

I just participated in an invitation-only ISC2 Exam Developer Workshop. The workshop gave me an insider’s perspective on how diligent ISC2 is for providing exams that help qualified candidates within the information security field distinguish themselves amongst their peers. During this workshop, I was among a group of information security professionals that was galvanized to
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Success with rsyslog

For a while now, I’ve been hearing complaints about rsyslog’s configuration format. syslogd style configuration syntax has a reputation for being difficult to read. Understandably, this has caused a preference for syslog-ng with some going as far as ripping out rsyslogd, the default syslog implementation, and replacing it with syslog-ng. In this post, I hope to
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Easily Deploy and Configure splunkforwarders via RPM

Introduction At Aplura, we have many clients that are big Linux shops. These clients have dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS systems that they must manage, configure, and maintain. In our line of work, we deal with small (<50GB) Splunk environments, large (multi-TB) Splunk environments, and everything in between.
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Splunk Baltimore User Group October 2017

Splunk’s Baltimore User Group  meeting on Monday October 16th will host guest speaker Jack Coates. Jack is currently the Chief Product Officer of Scianta Analytics, a Splunk technology partner specializing on machine learning within the Splunk platform. Prior to working at Scianta, Jack spent 6 years at Splunk in product management, where he did many wonderful things to improve
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SplunkTrust Members for 2017 include four Aplura Consultants

What is the SplunkTrust The SplunkTrust is Splunk’s Community MVP program, honoring members of the community that give back, through Splunk Answers posts, sharing apps on Splunkbase, User-group participation, and helping people on on the Splunk Slack channel. SplunkTrust members may not have all of the answers, but they are always willing to help. Returning
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It’s time for Splunk #conf2017

Splunk .conf 2017 is Splunk’s 8th annual user conference and Aplura staff have been there for every one of them. We get a lot of questions from both first timers and .conf veterans about what they should see and do, so we thought we would go ahead and post some tips here. Get the conf2017
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Our Cheat Sheets have been updated, including new ones!

We’ve updated our cheat sheets page, with fresh new versions of the Data Onboarding cheat sheet, as well as some new ones on Syslog, AppDev, Securing Splunk, and Search Head Clustering. Check them out over on our cheat sheets page!

Extending Splunk Stream Vocabularies using IPFIX

Splunk Stream, NetFlow and IPFIX One of my favorite tools in my Splunk arsenal Splunk Stream.  Splunk Stream allows you to capture and analyze network traffic, and then index that data in Splunk. It works great for analyzing DNS, email, DHCP and more. But what if you have your own types of traffic that you
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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 sponsors 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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