Jan '13

Using Behavioral Analytics to Detect Insider Threats

Malicious insiders are finding increasingly complex ways to avoid detection, circumventing traditional information security measures. Monitoring of content is central to detecting insider threats, but still many insiders get away with corporate espionage every year. Is there another way to identify such acts?

Researchers Deanna D. Caputo, Greg Stephens, et al. at the MITRE Corporation believe human behavior is a key to detecting malicious threats. They ran a study in which participants were told to imagine they had fallen on hard times. Two experimental groups were told to collect information in order to receive a promotion with a higher salary. The “malicious” group was told that they had to bring insider information to a new company, while the control group was told to research non-sensitive information.

The study found distinct differences of behavior between the two groups. Malicious insiders demonstrated a consistent “quantity over quality” approach to …
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Mar '12

Privacy and Big Data

In New York this week? Check out Cataphora CEO Elizabeth Charnock in conversation with GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram at Structure:Data. This conference is exploring the technical and business opportunities spurred by the growth of Big Data.

Elizabeth is specifically discussing the implications of privacy with respect to Big Data. Her dramatically-named session – Big Data, Bigger Brother – will look at the distinction between consumer and employee privacy, and the risk/reward issues for organizations and individuals.

Elizabeth will be on stage on Thursday, March 22, at 9:05 a.m. EST.

If you can’t get to Structure:Data in person, you can watch a live stream of the interview.

Nov '11

The Good and the Great

A couple of weeks or so ago, I was interviewed by NPR reporter Yuki Noguchi about so-called “big data” and how mathematicians are now trendy and highly in demand. One of her questions was how a smaller, less well known company like Cataphora could compete for talent in this market. I explained that one key advantage we have is that we can tell the difference between the really great candidates and the merely good ones, that this was not all that trivial to do in reality, and that it is often important to the really great ones to be understood by their management to be really great ones. Consider that the great artist, whether a painter, a chef, or a geek, always savors his or her work being appreciated by someone who truly understands it. This exchange, plus the recent Monaco Media Forum, have made me …
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Nov '11

Monaco Media Forum 2011

On the surface, what Cataphora has to do with “Screen Wars,” a conversation about television and its ongoing collision with the Internet and new media, is not so obvious. “Screen Wars” is the theme for this year’s Monaco Media Forum; last year, for example, it centered around mobile devices and the implications of such. While a tongue in cheek response might be that Big Brother is everywhere, in reality, the world of television functions as just one more application of Big Data analytics. At Cataphora, we are particularly interested in this notion of Digital Character™ and more specifically, what insights can be drawn about individuals as an ever greater percentage of their daily doings are electronically recorded. This electronically recorded data is, of course, not just recorded for the sake of posterity in some abstract sense, but also functions as a powerful vehicle for marketers …
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Oct '11

Steve Jobs – A Personal Perspective

As it happened, Ron Weissman was in our office when our CFO popped her head in to tell him that Steve Jobs had died. Ron worked for Steve as VP of Corporate Marketing at NeXT back in the day, and still considered him a friend. Ron very sadly noted that it was the end of an era.

He is right.

Steve Jobs utterly dominated anything he set out to touch, even if it took him many years to do it. These days, we are easily impressed with one-trick ponies. By contrast, Steve Jobs has the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and Pixar to his credit. He wasn’t afraid to take large risks. Most of these risks succeeded and changed the world forever. Those that didn’t, like the elegant NeXT machine that never found a broad market, he managed to come back from, just as …
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