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Countering Asymmetric Cyber Threats with Analytics

The 2019 DoDIIS Worldwide conference focused on resiliency, redundancy, and security—specifically in adapting to asymmetric threats. In terms of cyberspace, this refers to attacks that sabotages our strengths while targeting vulnerabilities. To counter these threats, federal agencies require robust intelligence to understand the threat, neutralize it, and withstand assault.

So what does this mean for agencies and the BI solutions they adopt? Three capabilities stand out as top-of-mind for organizations who want to handle asymmetric threats.


Data is the Department of Defense’s largest untapped resource. It spans decades and resides in dispersed nodes—from mainframes to Excel spreadsheets. Understanding this data, leveraging it for predictive analytics, and driving AI initiatives will be key to identifying and understanding asymmetric threats. Government agencies must tap into their data to be prepared.

Such a task requires a BI solution that can connect to a vast number of data sources without compromising on security—as well as make it easy to implement new technologies like AI.


In the simplest terms, the cloud is a means of having someone else store your data. It provides redundancy and security. However, agencies must be able to freely move their data between on-prem and private and public clouds—which means that they need to invest in technologies that support all these environments. Investing in such an analytics platform will slash costs and—most importantly—ensure a resilient architecture.


This has been the goal of military forces for decades in terms of seamless interaction between troops and equipment. In the realm of cyber, interoperability is even more essential. Defending against network attacks requires partnerships between government law enforcement, the military, intelligence agencies, and the private sector.

While policy dictates interoperability to a large degree, the technology we use must be open. There is no room for vendor lock or closed code—agencies must be able to weave together a network of data along with security capabilities, especially as technology evolves. This requires agencies to adopt analytics solutions that combine security with transparency.

Is your federal agency in need of a platform that provides powerful analytics, delivers flexibility between on-prem and cloud environments, and promotes interoperability? Contact your dedicated MicroStrategy federal team today, or visit our federal solutions page to learn more.

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