Robert McPherson & Ryan Talabis "The World of Security Seen Through Analytics"
by Shakacon on Jul 09, 2013
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Analytics. Well, you've probably heard about it. It's being discussed from scientific papers to board rooms, from text books to the cooler. It is a buzz word that a lot of companies use to be ...
Analytics. Well, you've probably heard about it. It's being discussed from scientific papers to board rooms, from text books to the cooler. It is a buzz word that a lot of companies use to be perceived as cutting edge (like living in a Smarter Planet!). But under all the hype, analytics, when it comes down to it, is simply discovering meaningful insights in data. What you probably dont know is that analytics is everywhere now. When applying for insurance or a loan, when someone calls you about a credit card purchase, or even when you see an ad in a website! In this talk, Bob and Ryan will give us a glimpse of what analytics is all about and, more importantly, how we as security professionals can utilize it in our day to day activities. Have you ever tried to look through millions of lines of security logs manually? Have you ever tried to make sense of hundreds of thousands of vulnerability results? Has your boss ever tried to ask you to review years worth of VPN access logs? Did you ever want to analyze the trends of exploit development to see if any of your systems are at risk? Do you need to be a statistics or algorithm guru for this? No! Do you have to buy a fancy server appliance and business intelligence software? Not really! In this talk, Bob and Ryan will show you step by step (yes, there will be live demos) how to use readily available open source analytics tools and techniques such as text analysis, outlier detection, and clustering to augment dreary security chores. This will get you started on becoming the resident security analytics guru in your workplace!
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