Big Data Analytics: Lessons Learned

Russell Thomas, Security Data Scientist, Zions Bancorporation
Tracey Kitten, Executive Editor, BankInfoSecurity & CUInfoSecurity

Insufficient expertise has limited organizations' ability to reap the true benefits data analytics can provide for ongoing cybersecurity, says Russell Thomas, a data scientist at Zions Bank.

Zions Bank, a recognized leader in big data analytics, has taken years to develop an internal strategy and framework to adequately manage and use big data. But within the next five years, many more businesses will attain a similar level of big data expertise, Thomas predicts. When that happens, data analytics will facilitate an intersection of security, economic and social data, he says.

During this video interview at the RSA Conference 2014, Thomas describes what he calls the "10 dimensions of cybersecurity performance," which he also has written about in his blog.

He also discusses:

The difference between "performance" and "best practices";
How big data is expected to revolutionize information security; and
Why encouraging security professionals to pursue training in statistics and data visualization is so critical.

Thomas has 30 years of experience in the information technology and communication industries, where he has focused on business process improvement, quality, organizational transformation and performance management. He is a founding member of the Society of Information Risk Analysts and has led several proposal teams for advanced research and development projects for the Department of Homeland Security.

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