Sqrrl Blog

Sep 1, 2015 1:44:00 PM

Accumulo Summit Videos Now Available!

 

 
The 2nd annual Accumulo Summit provided an opportunity for attendees to get introduced to Apache Accumulo, sharpen their skillsets, and connect with the leading Apache Accumulo users and developers -- and now the videos are available! For anyone who was unable to attend or would like to watch a presentation they missed, videos of each talk have been posted to YouTube. As a refresher, talks included:

To all those who attended, we thank you. To those who didn’t, we look forward to seeing you next year!

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Topics: Accumulo

Mar 31, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Linked Data > Log Data: The Power of Context

By George Aquila

Many enterprise security tools, including SIEMs, Incident Response, and Network Analysis tools are log-based. However, making sense of log files can be tricky, since logs typically exist without context (i.e., it is hard to understand how they relate to the larger cybersecurity environment around them). Luckily, there is a more effective way of organizing your data: using a Linked Data approach.

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Topics: Accumulo, NoSQL, Big Data, Data Analysis, Linked Data

Dec 1, 2014 8:30:00 AM

BlackEnergy: Mitigation with Big Data Analytics

By George Aquila

The botnet builder interface of an earlier variant of BlackEnergyThe botnet builder interface of an earlier variant of BlackEnergy 

The Lurking Threat

In late October, the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) issued a formal alert warning that it had “identified a sophisticated malware campaign that has compromised numerous industrial control systems,” including GE Cimplicity and Siemens WinCC platforms, from as far back as 2011. These are widely used to control and monitor critical infrastructure from gas pipelines to electrical grids, so the threat has prompted a rising concern in the energy community that systems across the country have been compromised and could be imminently threatened by malicious actors.

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Topics: Accumulo, Hadoop, Big Data Security, Cybersecurity, APT Campaign, Malware

Nov 6, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Coordinated Information Sharing on Cyber Threats and Secure Data Management

By George Aquila

The Evolving Threat Landscape

Mitigating cyber threats is a difficult task. As has been shown time and again in various recent data breaches, maintaining up to date security measures and abiding by industry prescribed best practices can leave even the most prominent and incident-ready organizations open to breaches. With a diverse range of constantly evolving Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), traditional defenses like firewalls and signature-based malware detectors are at an inherent disadvantage against motivated attackers looking to infiltrate data systems of all kinds.

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Topics: Accumulo, Big Data Security, Sqrrl Enterprise, Partnership, Info Sharing

Aug 11, 2014 2:36:07 PM

Accumulo Summit Technical Talks and Videos

On June 12th, we co-sponsored the first annual Accumulo Summit. The event was a great success with over 300 people in attendance. A major highlight of the day was hearing from General Keith Alexander, Former Director/Chief of the NSA/CSS & Commander U.S. Cyber Command. Also notable, were the keynote presentations by Dr. John Wilson of Optum as well as John Elser (Hortonworks) & Sean Busbey (Cloudera). Some of the technical talks included the following:

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Topics: Accumulo, Blog Post

Jun 30, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Bulk Loading in Sqrrl Pt.1: The Basics

This post is by Sqrrl's Director of Data Science and Co-Founder, Chris McCubbin. It covers the basic design and functionality behind the Bulk Loading API on Sqrrl's ingest pipeline. In a future post, Chris will cover using the advanced Transformer interface of the API to construct graph objects.
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Topics: Accumulo, Big Data, Blog Post, Sqrrl Enterprise

Jun 24, 2014 10:07:00 AM

Accumulo Summit 2014 Recap

On June 12th, we co-sponsored the first annual Accumulo Summit. The event was a huge success, having a sold-out attendance of over 300 people. It was great to see the community come together to share experiences, best practices and new ideas for employing Accumulo technology.  

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Topics: Accumulo

May 27, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Announcing Apache Accumulo 1.6

This week, the open-source community released Apache Accumulo 1.6. The newest Accumulo release brings with it a whole slew of new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. Check out the full release notes and read below for a quick recap of some of the themes.

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Topics: Accumulo, Blog Post

Feb 27, 2014 3:52:00 PM

Announcing Sqrrl Enterprise 1.3

by Joe Travaglini, Director of Product Marketing for Sqrrl

We are pleased to announce the general availability of our latest release, Sqrrl Enterprise 1.3. This release brings bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements, and additional functionality to our Enterprise package.

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Topics: Accumulo, NoSQL, Big Data, Hadoop, Blog Post, Big Data Security

Feb 18, 2014 2:40:00 PM

Bringing Big Data to the Next Level

by Joe Travaglini, Director of Product Marketing for Sqrrl

It has been said that we entered the age of Big Data when the opportunity cost of throwing data away exceeded the monetary cost of keeping it. This inflection point has led to the adoption of Hadoop, the emergence of tools to tame the wild yellow elephant, and more recently the attractive notion of a ‘data hub’ or ‘data lake’. Driven by the commoditization of both hardware and software, this fundamental change in technology economics may very well be true, but it still takes proper execution to convert this opportunity cost into actual income.

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Topics: Accumulo, NoSQL, Big Data, Hadoop, Computer Software, Blog Post, Big Data Security