How to use Splunk’s Mission Control for your Mission!

Mission: Control (your Security)  

If you are a tech enthusiast, your life revolves around smart devices, online communities, and exploring the digital realm, but with excellent connectivity comes great responsibility. Imagine Amazon, a platform that sends you emails regularly about orders and account details, tells you that your account has been compromised! The email states that you must click only on the link provided to verify your identity and protect your account. If you have experience in the tech world as an enthusiast, you might recognize this as a phishing scam. Still, in the cases of large companies with hundreds of emails a day and thousands of login attempts, it might be challenging to differentiate between phishing scams and the real thing. This is where Splunk Security can come in handy. 

Splunk Mission Control is one aspect of Splunk Security that can help you bring order to otherwise chaotic data.   

Using Splunk Mission Control, you can perform a thorough work-through of the email to learn more about the details of the email and if your account has become compromised. (Using an example of one email) The email can be linked to Splunk Mission Control to be flagged as malicious based on the sender’s reputation and general content. 

Splunk Mission Control’s analysis tool can help when analyzing the link provided in the email. The platform can access different threat intelligence feeds and databases to identify malicious domains or URLs. If the link comes back as ‘not categorized as malicious,’ you can even take it a step further with Mission Control’s data enrichment feature, which cross-references the email address with other emails to reveal if it is an email associated with a phishing scam.

Once you have analyzed the email thoroughly, Mission Control will allow you to tag the email as a threat, in this case, a “Phishing Attempt,” and add any notes accordingly. This will enable you to access information on this email in the future, compare it with other emails you may receive with the same information, and even block the sender’s address using settings.   

Ultimately, Mission Control will help you report the incident and prevent anyone from falling for the same phishing scam. Once you conquer Mission Control, you will have a new ally to help you brave everything Cybersecurity. 

Mission Control’s Controls   

30% of respondents in a study titled “Splunk’s State of Security Report” said that they have an overwhelming among of complex security tools, and 64% of respondents report difficulty keeping up with security requirements because of the overwhelming complexity, with one breach in Cybersecurity costing $200,000 on average.   

Mission Control is an app you can access through Splunk Enterprise Security in the App Selector. Once you have selected it from the App Selector drop-down menu, it will give you an option to activate Splunk Mission Control. Finally, you can click Get Started. It is as simple as 1-2-3, and you will have a unified look into Security control operations on one screen.   

Mission Control can help you with a variety of security missions. Taking an email through the flagging process is just one of many advantages that you will get when you implement Splunk’s Mission Control security control. 

So, what does it offer? …..We have them all covered in this blog for you…  

  1. Security Analytics helps you prioritize security threats by seeing them all lined up in a single queue for all your incidents.   
  1. Standardized SOC (Security Operations Center) Processes speed up investigations with pre-built response templates with attributes such as searchability and playbooks. Playbooks are available in Splunk SOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) and are used to automate security actions at machine speed. In Mission Control, Playbooks can be run directly, allowing users to access Splunk’s wide connector ecosystem of over 370 apps, leading to smoother running security and more efficient operations.   
  1. Splunk Orchestration, Automation, and Response (or Soar, read more about that here) launches playbooks and automates tasks across your security controls without leaving Mission Control.  
  1. Case Management allows you to choose templates for how you want to keep track of cases and threats. You can add custom notes to provide information containing relevant files or other documentation for an incident investigation.  
  1. The Metrics and Reporting feature allows you to track all past data stored through case management capabilities for accountability and auditability.   
  1. Splunk Search is embedded into Mission Control, allowing you to perform searches within an incident without ever having to leave it.   
  1. Threat Intelligence Management through Mission Control provides insights and normalized risk scores for risk-notable events for easier control over threat management.    

With all of Mission Control’s features, you can quickly understand business risk, streamline security operations, and be proactive in the face of automated responses.   

Mission Control’s unified view strengthens digital resilience in the face of threats. Security Operations teams can detect, investigate, manage, and respond to threats from a single spot, making tracking cases and threats easier and saving time and money. This unified view of everything on a single platform allows for bringing order to what is otherwise chaotic.   

Splunk’s Mission Control combines security analytics from Splunk Enterprise Security, orchestration and automation from Splunk SOAR, and threat intelligence to work on one surface to increase cyber resilience.  


Mission Control is all about simplifying your security operations. By unifying everything on one platform, Splunk’s Mission Control empowers you to take control of your security mission. Click here to contact Prudent now to learn more about implementing Splunk and Control your Mission! 

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