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Information Security Analytics by I Miyamoto, Jason Martin, Mark Talabis, Robert McPherson

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Chapter 1

Analytics Defined

Abstract

Knowledge of analytical methods and techniques is essential for uncovering hidden patterns in security-related data. Analytical techniques range from simple descriptive statistics, data visualization methods, and statistical analysis algorithms such as regression, correlation analysis, and support vector machines.

The field of analytics is broad. This chapter will focus on methods particularly useful for discovering security breaches and attacks, and which can be implemented with either free or commonly available software. As there are unlimited ways that an attacker can compromise a system, analysts also need a toolkit of techniques to be creative in analyzing security data. Among tools available for creative ...

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