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Federate access and analytics


Many organization have a growing data volume that is being generated and stored in disparate data repositories. This separation impedes visibility, as moving data can be an expensive proposition. Consequently, security teams often find it challenging to include repositories such as cloud data stores in the threat detection, investigation, and response processes, creating blind spots in security coverage.

What are the benefits of federating access and analytics?

By using the Splunk platform with Splunk Enterprise Security, you can extend your threat detection, investigation, and response to data residing across data repositories. This removes blind spots in security coverage that can hinder your ability to detect advanced threats.

The benefits of federating access and analytics include:

  • Cost efficiencies without compromise: Pushing high-volume, low-value data into cheap storage such as S3 makes for budget efficiency, while maintaining your ability to access it on-demand ensures flexibility.
  • Maintain data access: Storing data efficiently while also maintaining easy access to it on-demand means you can perform processes such as compliance audits or threat hunting, without needing to re-hydrate the data.
  • Connect different Splunk instances: Searching across separate Splunk instances (for example, in different legislations, on-premises, in cloud or hybrid) means you can connect and gain new insights from environments that are normally autonomous and disconnected.

What are access and analytics federation best practices?

  • Use federated search: Federated searches within the Splunk platform and Splunk Enterprise Security streamline data exploration across repositories, enhancing threat detection and response efficiency.
  • Leverage federated analytics: Federated analytics enable security teams to extend analytical capabilities across diverse datasets, improving overall insights into potential threats.
  • Implement Splunk-to-Splunk deployments: Splunk-to-Splunk deployments foster seamless collaboration between different instances, enhancing visibility and promoting a unified security approach.
  • Integrate on-premises to cloud with Splunk Enterprise Security: Integrating on-premises data with cloud environments using Splunk Enterprise Security ensures a consistent and effective security posture across hybrid infrastructures.
  • Extend Splunk-to-third party data sources: Extending federated access and analytics to third-party data sources enriches security analytics, providing valuable context and insights for a more robust defense against cyber threats.

What access and analytics federation processes can I put in place?

These additional resources will help you implement this guidance: