Part 4: App Assist: Keep Your Enterprise Apps Up-to-Date
In this blog post, we’ll dive into one of the features within Splunk Assist, called App Assist.
First, What is Splunk Assist?
(in case you missed it)
Splunk Assist is a free, cloud-connected service for Splunk Enterprise. Assist inspects your deployment for security risks, and using telemetry data sent to Splunk Cloud, provides cloud-powered insights and recommendations.
It improves your security posture by helping identify unpatched applications, expiring TLS certificates, and insecure configuration settings. With Splunk Assist you’ll be given recommendations that you can act on immediately to make your deployment even more secure. Based on our initial estimates, the insights and recommendations in Assist may also help reduce admins’ efforts spent on platform management tasks by 25%.
What is App Assist?
App Assist helps to keep your apps up-to-date and secure. Have you ever installed an app on your Splunk deployment, stopped using it, and as a result never upgraded? This happens to over 50% of our self-managed customers.
App Assist inventories and highlights older versions of your Splunkbase apps running on your search heads that might be missing critical security patches in newer versions. It lists a ranked order of currently deployed apps and add-ons (from Splunkbase) based on version gap and nodes they’re installed on. App Assist displays the list of the apps that need to be updated and instructions to download the latest version.
In the screenshot above we see a returned list of apps that ought to be updated or disabled for optimal deployment security.