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Nov 2017 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US43193417

Data Science in Cybersecurity: Five Questions to Ask Vendors

Author: Mike Chapple
Adjunct Research Advisor

Abstract

This IDC Perspective identifies five crucial questions that IT executives should ask vendors claiming to offer cybersecurity solutions that incorporate machine learning technology. These questions are intended to identify the data and algorithms used by the product, understand how the organization can integrate the output into their operations process, and identify whether there are simpler alternatives that meet the same security objectives.

"There's a mad rush in the cybersecurity solutions space to use the terms machine learning, analytics, and data science in conjunction with security products. IT executives considering these solutions should ask probing questions that dig through the marketing hype to allow a careful assessment of the scope and depth of analytics techniques. By asking these questions, IT leaders will be better able to assess the potential value to the enterprise," said Mike Chapple, adjunct research analyst with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP).

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