Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development , Video

Optiv CEO Kevin Lynch on Getting Value Via Unstructured Data

Why Clients Should Go Beyond Logs and Probe Transaction Data and System Interfaces
Kevin Lynch, CEO, Optiv (Image: Optiv)

Optiv has gone beyond examining log data and classic managed security services work to pursue threats across a broader swath of structured and unstructured data.

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The Denver-based company has focused on finding threats outside of a log environment by examining system-to-system interfaces and transactional data in a supply chain for potential issues, says CEO Kevin Lynch. Artificial intelligence today excels at taking on binary functions and deciding how to respond to log data, but unstructured data still requires human intervention since deeper interpretation is needed (see: Next-Gen SecOps Demands Advanced Detection and Response).

"I think we've landed in a place where we can now actually train and develop that professional to get the benefit of moving at machine speed with respect to the algorithm," Lynch says. "But we get that human interpretation layer that is also, I think, still very important when you get out beyond log data. So I think we're getting the best of both worlds."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Lynch also discusses:

  • What's involved in bringing managed security and XDR together;
  • How Optiv's approach to cyber recovery differs from its competitors;
  • Top challenges associated with integrating disparate technologies.

Lynch has more than 35 years of strategic and operating experience, largely in professional and technical services and operating at scale within private and public environments. He joined Optiv in April 2020 from Deloitte, where he served in a variety of leadership roles for 20 years. Prior to Deloitte, Lynch was chief strategy officer at Aecom, where he was tasked with driving growth across the company's portfolio. He was also a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers focused on the intersection of strategy and technology.


About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.




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