One of the highlights of the year for all Splunk users has come to an end: Splunk.conf 2023 in Las Vegas. The conference around the Splunk platform for analyzing and monitoring IT infrastructures was once again a great success. Thousands of visitors learned about the latest trends and use cases for IT security in presentations and around 200 breakout sessions. One focus this time was on strengthening resilience to cyber threats – a topic that is also of particular concern to the two Splunk experts, Alexander Dürr and Florian Schmid. “Today, no company can afford downtime or even disruptions,” Dürr emphasizes. “Strengthening their resilience should therefore be a high priority for all companies.”
Highlights for the two Splunk specialists from SECUINFRA were therefore already the keynotes: “Let’s Build Digital Resilience” and “Ready for Anything”. Alexander Dürr thinks that this was a step in the right direction right from the start: “You can see how important it is to Splunk to establish a uniform platform for security and observability. This is the basis for more visibility and thus for more security. You can see this well in examples like FedEx, where the transformation to greater digital resilience has been very successful with the help of Splunk.” Also of great interest to the two security experts was the topic of artificial intelligence. Florian Schmid sees great potential in this: “The session on integrating Splunk products with ChatGPT was very exciting. For example, ChatGPT can provide insights and analysis that would be impossible with conventional data analysis methods. I additionally see a lot of opportunities here in automation – we can certainly expect a lot more in the future.”
Apart from the technical presentations and workshops, Alexander Dürr and Florian Schmid also attached great importance to the exchange with the many international experts. In addition, Splunk.conf again provided a good opportunity to meet customers and partners. Alexander Dürr is certainly enthusiastic: “It’s always great to see how we were able to make great contacts and further deepen them at the ‘EMEA Reception at .conf23’ or the ‘Search Party’, for example. That’s what makes the conference so important, even beyond the purely technical exchange.” In any case, he and his colleague, Florian Schmid, are already looking forward to Splunk.conf24, which will take place a little earlier next year, from June 10 to 13.