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Peace on Earth and Peace of Mind With Business Resilience

The holidays are upon us and with that comes booming business and bad actors. Ensuring your business and systems are secure, available and resilient is critical. Not sure where to start? We’ve been working all year long to make sure you’re prepared, protected and able to bounce back.  

 

Ensure Peace of Mind

Silent Night may be a holiday classic, but cybercriminals make a lot of noise around this time of year setting up scam websites, sending holiday-related phishing emails and laying other social engineering traps to harvest credentials. Global Trade magazine estimated a 178 percent increase in malicious e-commerce websites from October to December 2021.  While people start winding down for the holidays, hackers ramp up creating havoc like last year’s Log4Shell, the vulnerability that kept more than security blue teams awake through December and beyond. All of this increased activity puts additional pressure on an organization's cyber defenses and stress tests cyber security teams, 62 percent of which are understaffed.

But it’s not all bah humbug. Here are four things you can do to prepare and protect your company through the holidays and all year long.

1.  Reduce the likelihood of a successful attack 

Conduct some basic cyber hygiene, scan for vulnerabilities and urge your teams to think before they click to avoid holiday phishing attacks.

2.  Improve threat detection 

Spending is up and so is fraud. The Splunk App for Fraud Analytics helps detect, investigate and respond to fraud sooner. See your entire attack surface by monitoring and analyzing data from security, IT and enterprise systems with the Splunk Platform. You can also manage assets and identities and prioritize threats in Splunk Enterprise Security.

3.  Be prepared to respond

Organizations tend to operate with limited staff around now, so it’s important to designate an on-call incident-response team with clear roles and responsibilities in the event of a breach. Sign up for Splunk’s SURGe alerts to get notified quickly about critical vulnerabilities and large-scale incidents.

4.  Ensure business continuity

And finally, test your backup procedures to restore critical data.

Shop But Don’t Drop…Your Services 

Letting your website go down or slow down is so “Last Christmas.”  In 2021, up to 87 percent of shoppers abandoned a website that took more than two seconds to load. Finding and fixing problems faster is one way you’ll survive the season and observability is key. Resilient organizations unify security, IT and DevOps to gain visibility across their systems. 

Check out our newly published e-book Resilience on Black Friday to find out how seven companies deliver successfully when demand peaks. 

With digital experience monitoring (DEM), your organization can achieve greater observability, keep up with an optimal customer-centric digital strategy and respond to problems more effectively. Splunk Synthetic Monitoring is a DEM approach that helps brands visualize CX by emulating the paths a customer might take when shopping on a website. Synthetic Monitoring uses scripts to generate simulated user behavior for different scenarios, geographic locations, device types and helps online retailers find and prevent web performance issues before customers notice.

Splunk Observability Cloud provides full-stack visibility across your infrastructure, applications and business services to improve customer experience, innovate faster and run services with greater resilience, scale and efficiency.  

While you’re decking the halls, you’ll also want to check that your alert severity levels are adjusted for your services and KPIs. Your current thresholds may be appropriate for business as usual but the holiday rush drives increased website traffic, message rates, or server usage. Thanks to an idea submitted by Splunk users through Splunk Ideas, we’re rolling out Custom Threshold Windows (CTW), which enables you to adjust your thresholds for spikes when the regular severity levels don’t apply. 

Avoid Last Minute

Don’t wait until the night before Christmas to find out if you have enough capacity to handle big retail launches or marketing campaigns that drive big time-bound surges in your data indexing needs. Talk to your Splunk representative to make sure you have the platform and practices you need for a joyful season. 

Garth Fort
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Garth Fort

Garth Fort is the Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer for Splunk. With over 25 years of product management experience, Garth is responsible for evolving Splunk’s market-leading product portfolio of software and cloud services. He has a true passion for driving product roadmaps across both established and emerging categories while successfully guiding software teams through high growth and transitions to the cloud. Prior to Splunk, Garth served as a general manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and led innovation for customers, independent software vendors and channel partners. He also held several leadership positions with Microsoft over 20 years and oversaw the worldwide ecosystem strategy and execution for its cloud and enterprise division, including Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server and a broad portfolio of products for developers and IT professionals. He holds an A.B. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.