I recently participated in the AIE TTC Big Data and Predictive Analytics Symposium, and shared my thoughts on “Mitigating Cybersecurity Operations Risk – Leveraging Intelligent Data Storage,” immediately following keynote speaker, Dr. Jason Matheny, Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA).
Dr. Matheny discussed his organization’s perspectives, investment approach, and latest initiatives – delineating plenty of opportunities for companies like EMC to proactively get involved with proposing or teaming on leading-edge projects that in some cases transition directly into Federal operations.
Keynote speaker Rear Admiral Paul Becker, Special Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, kicked-off the event with an insightful Big Data discussion. He connected the dots on how Big Data supports the Naval Intelligence mission, and touched on the urgent need for Big Data analytics to help make sense of all the data. He also emphasized the importance of predictive analytics – being able to anticipate what will happen, versus simply having analytics that confirm what has happened, is critical for Federal agencies.
He stated that a major challenge with Big Data analytics in the intelligence community is that the volume of data can skew and distort the assessment by emphasizing collection and analysis on the most visible versus the most important data – a key distinction.
Colonel Linda Jantzen, Acting Director, Army CIO/G6 Architecture and Integration Center, highlighted the mission critical aspects of detection and resolution of cyber threats. Working with the intelligence community on Big Data integration, human capital modeling and simulation, and suicide prevention, she covered a wide spectrum of Big Data and analytics applications. This echoed what I heard when I recently met with the U.S. Air Force CIO, Lieutenant General Bill Bender, regarding the emphasis on cybersecurity, the importance of the “data lake” for eliminating data silos, and the emphasis on Big Data analytics to support nearly all operations and services.
Additional government and industry guest speakers from distinguished organizations were in attendance; including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), USAF Distributed Common Ground Systems (DCGS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). Each delivered insightful overviews and passionate pleas for assistance from industry.
These Federal organizations highlighted the needs and opportunities for Big Data and analytics applications, and opened their doors for engagements directly with industry for a dialogue to explore.
The bottom line? There are many opportunities ahead for public/private collaboration, and working together will accelerate new ideas, new solutions, and new ways to use data to achieve a mission advantage.