Big Data Analytics: Lessons Learned

Russell Thomas of Zions Bank Offers Insights
Big Data Analytics: Lessons Learned

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.

See Also: Redefining Security Analytics

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.

About the Author

Tracy Kitten

Tracy Kitten

Former Director of Global Events Content and Executive Editor, BankInfoSecurity & CUInfoSecurity

Kitten was director of global events content and an executive editor at ISMG. A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she covered the financial sector for over 10 years. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2010, she covered the financial self-service industry as the senior editor of ATMmarketplace, part of Networld Media. Kitten has been a regular speaker at domestic and international conferences, and was the keynote at ATMIA's U.S. and Canadian conferences in 2009. She has been quoted by, ABC News, and MSN Money.

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