CyberOSINT: a Strategic Opportunity in Enterprise Data World

Cyber OSINT–the point where open source intelligence and cyber security meet–will be a strategic opportunity for not only security analysts, but especially the enterprise. This was just one of the topics discussed at a conference where I presented last week. The event was organized by ISS World and chaired by Stephen Arnold, who recently published a very interesting report on intelligence gathering tools for open-source content, “CyberOSINT: Next-Generation Information Access”.

The report is a must read, and I’d like to highlight three points that I think are especially important for anyone dealing with text analysis [...]

Big Data: Are the 3V’s the Sole Problem?

Big data has clearly captured our attention.

As of this writing there are 649,717 job titles that contain the words Big Data on LinkedIn, 39,773 job openings for people that contain big data as a required job skill, 1,878 Groups that contain Big Data as a part of their reason for being and 12,548 companies that include big data as a part of the offerings in one form or another. Big Data has become so top of mind, there are now dozens of conferences addressing the topic. One can even earn a Big Data degree from [...]

The logic of control

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Meet Al. Al is new to your organization, and once trained everyone relies upon Al to know the right thing to do, don’t worry Al’s got this. Teams have Al help them make decisions, customers, and even senior management rely upon Al each and every day. Working tirelessly in the background Al can support virtually any part of the organization, Al is in control.

Al is usually brought in by the technology organization who has thoroughly reviewed Al’s background, qualifications, and references. But there have been problems. Virtually everywhere Al has worked, Al has consistently made mistakes [...]

Language is more powerful than data

Data is powerful, but what limits its power is that which produces and subsequently that which consumes data. It is purpose produced, and purpose consumed. Purpose is the problem because inherent in the purpose is intent, intent upon the production of an outcome.

Language is different; it is a raw material that can be configured to produce a virtually unlimited number of things and outcomes. While data augments perspective, language transforms, affecting emotion, knowledge, relationship, and comprehension. If you have participated in a survey where the possible responses offered did not represent your response, too bad. Your preferred response was [...]

Why can’t my technology read?


Reading comprehension tests or assessments are most typically imposed upon children as they ascend the academic ladder of early education. Those who pursue formal competency in a secondary or tertiary language are also likely to encounter a comprehension assessment. These tests are intended to evaluate competency in a number of areas, a partial list would most certainly include:

Background Knowledge
Think of this as the relationship of what is known and how that knowledge relates to what is read. An example would be an NBA basketball game. What is conveyed linguistically? If you have prior exposure and awareness of an [...]

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