Data science and machine learning can reveal valuable security information that would otherwise remain hidden in large data sets. Security data scientists can be hard to find and may be out of reach for most organizations.
Even without these skill sets, companies can make strides to take advantage of advanced analytics to improve their security posture. In August 2017, Google data scientists revealed that they had worked in conjunction with academic researchers from Princeton and other universities to create a model for tracking ransomware payments on the bitcoin blockchain. The researchers tallied roughly 20,000 payments worth $16 million.