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Taking Cybersecurity Analytics from Finance to Defense

Earlier this week I attended my third Computational Cybersecurity in Compromised Environments (C3E) Workshop. This invitation-only workshop draws top cybersecurity researchers to create innovative new methods for solving problems of critical importance to the US government in cybersecurity.

My personal involvement in cyber analytics goes back several years – more recently you’ve seen my blogs on our new cyber analytics product. The connection between fraud and cybersecurity makes perfect sense, especially as we are bombarded with news of cyber attacks on banks and merchants.

Being at C3E is a real treat, allowing a rare collaborative opportunity for top experts across government, industry, and academia to address challenging problems in cybersecurity. This year we focused on two problems: security by default and data integrity.

In the area of data integrity, I gave a keynote talk on state-of-the-art analytic methods for ensuring data integrity in the financial industry. I shared FICO’s best practices for monitoring the data integrity of our fraud consortium transaction data, used to develop models for the FICO Falcon Platform, and discussed future capabilities in Crunch. Crunch is FICO’s data quality monitoring tool currently used internally in our fraud, scores, and insurance groups. I also presented FICO’s new technology in automated outlier detection and cause investigation, collaborative filtering techniques, and autoencoder technologies to monitor data integrity in a world of increasing data complexity and change.

In our work at FICO we a have a strong understanding of the sensitivity of key data elements used in our models. It’s critical to monitor data integrity and changes of different data elements, and we bake this into our model development. We monitor key data elements to understand shifts in the populations and outliers. We strive to understand whether those changes or outliers indicate changing payments patterns and new fraud rings, or are instead just data errors or manipulation.

I am excited to see these data integrity methods, which have served us so well in the banking and payments industry, applied to our national defense. I invite anyone with an interest in FICO's ideas about cybersecurity to attend my session at FICO World 2014 with Vickie Miller, Cyber Security: The Streaming Analytic Battlefield. Learn more and register at

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