The First Annual Splunk Public Sector Innovation Awards

I am thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Splunk Public Sector Innovation Awards. This annual award program aims to recognize Splunk’s customers and partners based on their application of big data solutions and how they are transforming the IT landscape at their respective organizations and more broadly across the industry. Through this awards program, we are also seeking to promote the creation and sharing of data analytics best practices for the next generation of public sector innovation.


All the winners are full-time, career civil servants within federal, state and local government, or higher education organizations, a government contractor or a Splunk industry partner. These outstanding individuals, and their organizations, have initiated or managed a successful Splunk program that has greatly improved Operational Intelligence, while also strengthening security, IT operations or cloud initiatives.

The award winners were announced on stage live at Splunk GovSummit 2016 yesterday at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Please join me in congratulating this year’s winners listed below.

Catalyst Award

  • Chris Kurtz, System Architect, University Technology Office, Arizona State University

Mission Award

  • Office of Information Technology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Client Technology Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Partner Award

  • Nate Couture, Chief Technology Officer, NuHarbor Security, Inc.

Rising Star Award

  • Matthew Brenton, Senior IT Security Analyst, University of Iowa
  • Maggie Amato, Deputy Director, Security Design + Innovation, Office of Information Security, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services             
  • Matt Keene, Senior Technical Support Specialist – Cyber Security,Office of Information Technology, State of Maine 

Visionary Award

  • Chris Kurtz, System Architect, University Technology Office, Arizona State University
  • Barry Lipscombe, Chief, Security Services Branch, USDA OCIO, Client Technology Services
  • Michael Dent, Chief Information Security Officer, Fairfax County Government  


Kevin Davis
Vice President, Public Sector
Splunk Inc.

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