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The Hoot from Humio

Jun 29, 2020

We recently held a Higher Education Roundtable. Listen to the audio in this special edition podcast to hear the discussion.

Humio CEO Geeta Schmidt hosted the roundtable to get a closer look at log management’s role in higher education. Hear from three university IT professionals who use Humio:

Geeta and the panel discuss how Humio contributes to cost savings in their institutions and how data centralization affects their administrative culture. To find out how they use Humio, they discuss details of their unique implementations.

Universities choose Humio for the combination of performance and price. Jeff found his way to log management because it was the lowest cost solution to search network monitored traffic from his endpoint sensors. Dirk started using Humio as the best means to deal with the cost of rapidly growing infrastructure. Nick started using log management as a security tool before growing into a place to aggregate all log data from across all BYU locations.

"We started with Humio in our security operations center, and it proved its value over and over."

Nick Turley
Security Architect at Brigham Young University

All three practitioners find log management helps them make sense of their complex systems. Dirk extolls the benefits of having a centralized logging solution provide a single pane of glass for a hybrid environment of load balancers and web apps that power the research community he supports. Jeff shares how Humio adds value by speeding up incident response.

"The biggest thing for our incident responders is to get visibility on the problem as fast as possible, and to get all of that data. And, as people have been talking about, having a single point to go to to get all of that data is where that really shines."

Jeff Collyer
Information Security Engineer at the University of Virginia

Once data has been centralized, organizations have an opportunity to start putting it to work to discover additional security and performance information that has far-reaching implications for their success. The participants share how log management changed some of the ways their team works, accelerating development by connecting data to teams that otherwise wouldn’t have had it.

"For us, it's really lowered barriers. Inside Humio, we've been able to build dashboards for the different roles within the IT group so that they can see real-time visibility into custom applications. It's just completely helped with the speed of change in our infrastructure."

Dirk Norman
Director of IT at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

At BYU, adopting log management led to a revolution in how administrators approach their data as a resource. Borrowing the threat-hunting type of behavior from security analytics, members of network engineering are also beginning to proactively ask pointed questions of their data and go on sustained searches. Humio’s instant-speed search results fuel this curiosity, leading people doing investigations to dig deeper and learn more insights about their networks, which they can then in turn use to improve their systems and mitigate performance drop-offs before they occur.

“It's really been bridging the gap trying to bring together our cloud and our on-premise, more legacy infrastructure.” 

Nick Turley
Security Architect at Brigham Young University

Learn more about how Humio helped three universities cut costs and make sense of their changing environments by watching the full Higher Education Roundtable discussion.


Learn more about log management in universities by reading our case studies: Humio at Michigan State University and Humio at Kutztown University.

Take a deep dive into the value offered by log management and the implementation details by reading our How-to Guide: Make networks and data more resilient and secure in higher education.

Explore additional use cases for higher education by reading our blog posts: Top 6 Log Management Use Cases for Higher Education and 5 ways modern log management helps reduce higher education budgets.

See why our roundtable participants chose Humio to lower the costs of their log management – see how much you’ll save using Humio by visiting our pricing page.