Former NSA boss Prescott Winter to deliver security keynote at Splunk .conf2013

Machine-generated big data analysis company Splunk has announced that ex-NSA CIO and CTO Prescott Winter will deliver the keynote security address at .conf 2013, its fourth annual Splunk Worldwide Users' Conference.

Currently managing director at security consultancy firm The Chertoff Group, Winter will draw on his 27 years of experience at the NSA to discuss how recent technology developments are affecting industries and governments.

He will be joined by Splunk CMO Steve Sommer for the presentation, which is titled, "How big data is transforming security," and will take place on 1 October at 13:45 PDT (20:45 BST).

"Technological innovation is driving a new wave of defensive tactics in cybersecurity. I am excited to have the opportunity to speak about this cyber-revolution at the Splunk Users' Conference and how companies like Splunk are reshaping the global conversation on protecting data, networks and intellectual property," Winter commented.

Sommer added: "As the lines between enterprise technology, data and government security blur, our goal is to continue innovating and leading the evolution of the security intelligence landscape. This keynote will not only address what experts can expect from the latest developments in technology, but also how to best use Splunk software to realise strategic value as part of this larger puzzle. "

Splunk's .conf2013 will take place from 30 September to 3 October at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, featuring more than 130 sessions, 9 speaking tracks, and some 40 customer presentations.

The overall theme of this year's event is "Your Data, No Limits" - to find out more, check out the Splunk website and stay tuned, as we'll be jetting out to report live from .conf 2013.