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Boston Bombing Investigation: Intel Failure? No. Bad Expectation-Setting? Oh, yeah.

April 24, 2013 by

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This is a long post. As either Blaise Pascal, Mark Twain, Voltaire or my Uncle Sid said, I didn’t have time to make a shorter post. It ran today in CSO Magazine and will run in other outlets this week (though this version here has some footnotes). In a hurry? Here’s a summary: My conclusion is […]

The Answer Is In Your Data. And It’s “No” Until You Ask.

November 15, 2012 by

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This post covers some really basic stuff, but it’s fundamental to what we do, so I think it’s worth a review. You’ve probably heard of “big data”, which after “cloud” is the most over-used, God-awful buzz-phrase of the past couple of years. Basically, big data means aggregating and correlating very large sets of data and […]

The City That Became … [How Much] Safer?

November 12, 2012 by

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I just picked up a copy of the most racy book available to crime analysts this month, The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation (Advances in Police Theory and Practice) by John A. Eterno and Eli B. Silverman. Eterno was a NYPD officer who rose through the ranks and retired a captain; he and Silverman, […]

Cybercrime Statistics: What Are The Chinese Counting?

July 30, 2012 by

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Over the weekend I read a piece in the US version of China Daily on some of the cyber crime issues being faced by China. The article reveals some interesting statistics about what China considers to be cyber crime. Apparently, in addition to traditional cyber criminal targets such as account details and personal information, the Chinese […]

II: Conceptual Issues for Congress and LE on Cybercrime

June 5, 2012 by

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I’m at a conference in Philadelphia today on Organized Retail Crime (an area I’m becoming increasingly passionate about) but I wanted to mention the publication by the Congressional News Service of an important document on cybercrime. And I’m not just saying it’s important because it echoes stuff we’ve said here for the last year! Cybercrime: […]

From CSO: There’s No 9-1-1 For Cybercrime

May 12, 2012 by

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[This ran as an article in CSO Magazine Online] If you work for a large corporation, you hear lots of talk about corporate responsibility, and that’s great. But I can’t help but point out that, whether it is intentional, there is a massive and growing hypocrisy in the corporate world when it comes to prosecuting crime. […]

No, you probably don’t need a data warehouse – unless your initials are “NYPD”

July 11, 2011 by

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A journalist working on a piece about some high-end technology [from a vendor whose name I can’t mention, but whose initials are IBM] being touted as saving the day at a large agency [I can’t reveal the agency, but its initials are NYPD] asked some questions about crime mapping, Compstat and crime analysis and I […]