3 cybersecurity tips from the Lone Star State

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With so many cybersecurity stories and large scale data breaches in the news, it's no wonder that cybersecurity is a top priority for leaders in many industries. But did you know analytics can help protect your customer and organizational data?

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Franklin Witter, Principal CyberSecurity Consultant, recently shared these three cybersecurity tips during his presentation on security analytics at SAS Day at Texas A&M:

  1. Understand that individuals are still your weakest cyber link, and that spear phishing (email that appears as though it is from someone you know, but isn't) attacks still have an 85 percent success rate.
  2. Collect net flow data, merge it with other data sources and enrich with analytics.
  3. Data quality is essential to the success of any security analytics program.

For more detailed information about using analytics to prevent cybercrime, check out Witter's presentation slides: Security Analytics: Gaining an Information Advantage Over Cyber Adversaries.

For more cybersecurity information from experts across government, energy and financial services industries, read this white paper: Big Data and Predictive Analytics: On the Cybersecurity Front Line, or learn how analytics can provide an essential layer for cyberdefense.

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David Pope

Technical Leader, Senior Manager US Energy

David leads the pre-sales technical team for SAS US Energy which solves business problems in the Oil & Gas and Utilities industries using advanced analytics. He earned a BS in Industry Engineering and a Computer Programming Certificate from North Carolina State University. Furthermore, he has over 27 years of business experience working with SAS across R&D, IT, Sales and Marketing in the Americas and Europe. He is an expert in working with data and producing insights through the use of analytics. David has presented at SAS Global Forum, the 2012 SAS Government Leadership Summit, IBM’s Information on Demand(IOD), EMC World, CTO Summit Conferences, is the author of the book: "Big Data Analytics with SAS", and he currently holds 11 patents for SAS in several countries: US, CA, Norway, UK, China, and Hong Kong.

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