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Andrew Hallman: CIA Eyes Digital Transformation Strategy to Harness Big Data

big dataCIA Deputy Director Andrew Hallman has said the agency needs to make culture and technical changes in order to manage an explosion of data and exploit information to help address national security challenges, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Frank Konkel writes Hallman leads a digital innovation directorate that CIA established last year to transform its digital ecosystem, explore data management ideas and identify ways for consumers to access useful data.

He told a Cloudera-sponsored federal forum Tuesday modernizing the CIA’s underlying digital infrastructure  entails a “decentralized governance process with just enough high-level guidance to operationalize.”

CIA aims to build a solid strategy around big data after it adopted an Amazon Web Services-built cloud computing platform, Konkel reports.

The report said Hallman also believes big data technology can help agency analysts to gain insight into potential adversaries’ digital exhaust.

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