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Gaining the Situational Awareness Needed to Mitigate Cyberthreats

To become more resilient against cyberthreats, agencies must improve visibility and understand events happening on their networks. With increased awareness, organizations will see operational benefits and save employees valuable time, improving productivity and morale.

To achieve these benefits, agencies need to deploy the right kind of infrastructure. They must look to a platform approach and be able to connect disparate data to gain the desired network visibility. Only by understanding data, and having a complete operational view of organizational data, can agencies improve their security posture.

In this industry perspective, GovLoop explores how Splunk, an operational intelligence platform and industry leader in government security, helps government agencies find value from their data to reduce the impact of cyber incidents.

Specifically, this industry perspective will:

  • Outline the challenges cybersecurity professionals in government face.
  • Address the value of Splunk’s holistic and data-analysis-based approach.
  • Share a case study from the Nevada Department of Transportation.
  • Provide best practices from industry expert Enoch Long, Public-Sector Principal Security Strategist/Client Architect at Splunk.

Agencies need a cyber infrastructure that allows them to collaborate across teams and bring together all units to understand the role they play in crafting a more resilient and secure agency. This means capitalizing on any data, including that from log files, internal network devices and access points, that is relevant to keep an agency secure.

For government today, there is no challenge greater than cybersecurity. Our national security and way of life depend on safe, secure and robust cyber defense. But the unfortunate reality is that even with world-class technology, attacks and breaches are inevitable.


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