SAS, an advanced and predictive analytics technology provider, will launch SAS Cybersecurity in fall 2015, the company said.  SAS has been creating and selling analytics platforms to help solve business problems for nearly 40 years, the company said, and now intends to help organizations address cyber risk and respond to threats in real time.

SAS Cybersecurity will correlate and analyze network transactions with asset data, functional business role and existing security alerts, the company said. It then optimizes and analyzes data in real time to display active security risks; this comprehensive view of normal versus abnormal activity helps an organization sustain its information advantage over attackers, SAS said.

“Headline-making cyberattacks demonstrate how hackers can be inside a network for months before detection,” said Ray Boisvert, CEO of I-Sec Integrated Strategies (ISECIS), and former assistant director for intelligence with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. “During that time, they lurk persistently and increasingly undetectable within the network, where they uncover and later extract an organization’s most valuable information. This is a huge gap in the cybersecurity market. An organization has an information advantage over a hacker only once.”

Users do not have to be analytics experts to gain insights, SAS said, as SAS Cybersecurity will offer a prioritized list of network devices exhibiting risky behavior requiring immediate investigation. This is intended to reduce the number of alerts and ensuring the efficient use of time and resources at the security operations center.

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