As technology has evolved, the array of devices, applications and infrastructure have exploded, each providing a specialized type of data, protection or service. Distributed systems handle transactions; security/monitoring infrastructure monitors for breaches and slowdowns; a myriad of applications make the best use of Web technologies. Each of these elements generate machine data that can be used to provide competitive advantages, gain insights into customer behavior and avoid security or compliance issues.
Enterprises have long sought for a solution to bring this vast amount of disparate information together to provide invaluable insight into enterprise systems. If such information was correlated, however, another vitally important issue arises – how to secure the resulting data. While the benefit of overarching data to the enterprise is obvious, it is also valuable to hackers, competitors or insiders, as well as vulnerable to inadvertent exposure.
This paper examines the use of Splunk as the platform to collect and index machine data from virtually any source, regardless of its location. Then, we will consider how Vormetric can interact seamlessly with the Splunk system to ensure compliance with security policies and regulatory mandates