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June 2018, Vol. 20, No. 3

Q&A: Why data security controls are a hard problem to solve

Executives are worried about data collection and governance in the wake of the Facebook fallout. The uproar over data harvesting and the lack of regulation in the United States is causing many organizations to review best practices for data security and privacy. But the path toward better data security controls remains unclear. "We don't want to say, 'Never combine data,''' cautioned Jay Jacobs, founding partner and security data scientist at the Cyentia Institute. "There is a great deal of power in being able to combine data sources." Jacobs has spent his career aggregating and analyzing data to find trends, patterns and countermeasures to aid the security community. Namely, who is attacking whom, why and how? The security data scientist co-founded the Virginia research firm with Wade Baker, a professor at Virginia Tech. Both men are highly regarded for their work on the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, data-driven research that analyzes anonymized breach data in an attempt to offer insights into attackers, their ...

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