Data mining key to disclosing concealed illegal conducts, says SAS

SAS Public Security says they’re aiming at an emergent markets for security which accommodates the conventional private and government sectors.

According to the company: “Law enforcement, security and border agencies globally, confront many challenges; from administering the colossal amount of data that is required to be entered into different systems and superior requirements for precise and timely information, through to sharing data in a rapid and competent means with different authorities and departments on a regional and worldwide basis. SAS has solutions in place that addresses this challenge, ensuring that data is converted into useable intelligence, which facilitates a fast reaction and effectual processes.

In a seminar session at its UK HQ in Marlow, vice president of government for SAS Europe Middle East and Africa, forecasts the value of this new sector to be approximately £157 billion.

The cutting of budgets, will pressure security departments and administrations to reduce the work force and establish a more skilful utilisation of their resources, combined with data clog, has produced the circumstances which are advanced for SAS’s product offering; that is to say, software packages with the objective to ameliorate intelligence operations, heighten national safety and preclude and dissuade of crime and terrorist acts.

Director of national security at SAS, Joanne Taylor, painted a dismal depiction of a developing menace. “Twenty years ago, the Irish Republican Army was bombing civil targets although the terror was localised and may have been appreciated to what was befalling Northern Ireland at the time”.

“But following the 9/11 catastrophic incidents, the menace got very much more demanding to study. We have become more adept at securing the intelligence activities but at present there are numerous targets and possibly thousands of people who present varying levels of terror. Are we to carry out an all-out surveillance operation on them; which can cost many millions?” “We need to arrive at a conclusion on where to utilise our resources”.

The action that is required does not just apply to terrorism; it could in addition to be utilised to combat various crimes; such as; sex offenders. In one medium sized force, they are tracking thousands of offenders. Using such advanced and integrated systems will only enhance their efforts.

The colossal quantity of data that is to be analysed is making the task more arduous.  In 2009, there was approximately 0.8 zettabytes of information (a zettabyte is one billion terabytes or one trillion gigabytes) recorded on hard drives globally. And last year, the estimated amount had climbed to 35.2 zettabytes, an growth of forty-four times, during three years.

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