Sqrrl Blog

Feb 17, 2016 12:51:00 PM

Gravitational Waves Collide with Cybersecurity: Using Machine Learning Inspired by Astrophysics

By Ruslan Vaulin, senior data scientist at Sqrrl, member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration

What do searching for signals from merging black holes some billion light years away and searching for cyber adversaries operating on your network have in common? More than you might have guessed...

But let’s start from the beginning. Last week (February 11, 2016) National Science Foundation and LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced the first confirmed detection of gravitational-wave signal from collision of two black holes. The collision happened more than a billion light years, away producing an outburst of gravitational-wave energy equivalent to the light of all stars in our galaxy. While very powerful, such radiation is extremely difficult to detect due to a very weak interaction between gravity and ordinary matter. It truly requires a Jedi's power to sense such disturbances in the force!

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Topics: Big data security analytics, LIGO, Data Science, Machine Learning

Oct 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Sqrrl Releases Enterprise 2.3

The newest Sqrrl release, Sqrrl Enterprise 2.3, unveils a number of features which enhance the user experience and platform capabilities. So whether you’re an experienced hunter using Sqrrl today, or just discovering us for the first time, take a look at some of these new and noteworthy enhancements to the platform that lets you target, hunt, and disrupt your adversaries.

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Topics: Sqrrl Enterprise, Data Analysis, Big data security analytics

Jun 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The OPM Breach and Big Data Security Analytics

In the past two weeks, the need for big data security analytics on the federal level has been acutely felt. At the end of last year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was breached by hackers. The threat lay undetected for almost six months, until it was discovered, reportedly by accident, as the OPM worked actively to improve its security infrastructure. While the OPM does maintain its own security infrastructure, it also relies on the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Protection system (NCPS), established in 2008 at the behest of Congress and the Executive branch. The NCPS was created to “protect the federal civilian Executive Branch government network and prevent known or suspected cyber threats,” according to the DHS.

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Topics: Big Data Security, Linked data analysis, OPM, Department of Homeland Security, Big data security analytics