Surescripts is not a data science company. But as the largest health information network in the country, they’ve gotten good at handling Big Data.
And their Big Data is pretty big — the system tracks 270 million patients covering 71 percent of the US population, 3,300 hospitals, 900,000 health care professionals, 764 million medication histories, and 6.5 billion transactions a year.
The company decided to go with Hadoop and Splunk for their Big Data infrastructure, looking for evidence of fraud.
Then, a year ago, Surescripts CISO Paul Calatayud began looking at using the technology for security.
Since all the data the company processes is mighty tempting to cybercriminals, he began looking at user behavior analytics to spot attackers who may have gotten past perimeter defenses — or suspicious behaviors by company insiders.