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Finding a Needle in a Digital Haystack

by Dashboard Insight, Dashboard InsightThursday, January 23, 2014

Below is an except from a wonderful article published recently in the New York Times regarding the importance of data visualization, specifically how it relates to stopping cyber attacks by being able to spot patterns and suspicious activity. While analytics no doubt also plays a huge part in uncovering statistically meaningful patterns with in our data we cannot discount the importance that data visualization and dashboards play as well:

Last year the private sector spent $67.2 billion on cybersecurity services. Nevertheless, according to a recent investigation by Verizon, 60 percent of successful hacks were not detected until months after the attacks began. In the wake of recent high-profile hacker attacks against Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers, the obvious question is: Why hasn’t all that money done any good?

It’s not for lack of trying. Much of the money is well spent, paying for armies of technical engineers and state-of-the-art security applications.?

The problem is not the resources, or the personnel, or the data. It’s that many organizations simply don’t know how to arrange the data to identify suspicious patterns and weaknesses, at least not fast enough. There’s too much data, and not enough perspective.

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