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Mar 18, 2013

In this episode...

  • We discuss "big data", what the heck it really is, and whether it's something new, something old, or something marketing made up
  • Marcus does interpretive dance, and makes up new words
  • Alex (shockingly) disagrees with Marcus, and actually describes 'data science'
  • We hear Marcus talk about "NBS - never before seen" detection and why it's so critical
  • We collectively agree (it's OK to be shocked) that "big data" is not a product
  • Marcus discusses why you should be defending against the sniper
  • The guests disagree on whether we have too little data, or whether we just don't know how to make it work for us
  • Alex puts on a tinfoil hat ...


  • Marcus Ranum ( @mjranum ) - Marcus J. Ranum is a world-renowned expert on security system design and implementation. He is a pioneer in security technology who was one of the early innovators in firewall, VPN, and intrusion detection systems. Since the late 1980s, Marcus designed a number of groundbreaking security products including the DEC SEAL, the TIS firewall toolkit, the Gauntlet firewall, and NFR's Network Flight Recorder intrusion detection system. He has been involved in every level of operations of a security product business, from developer to founder and CEO of NFR. In SC Magazine's 20th Anniversary Edition, Marcus was named as one of the top industry pioneers over the last 20 years. Marcus is currently the CSO at Tenable.
  • Alex Hutton ( @alexhutton ) - Alex is the Director of Operations Risk & Governance for a very, very large financial, so he has to stay incognito. Frankly, it doesn't matter much whether he says where he works, the dude's one of the smartest people I know, and lives, breathes, and often excretes 'risk' knowledge.