Babel Street, an advanced multi-lingual search and data analytics company, has announced that it has formalised a partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) during its participation at the Project Stadia Sports Security Senior Management Training Course that took place at Interpol Headquarters in Lyon, France last week. Safety and security of sporting events “We believe that the safety and security of fans and participants of sporting events around the world is paramount to the enjoyment of the games” said Jeff Chapman, CEO of Babel Street. “As we have demonstrated first hand at various world events, including the Super Bowl and baseball’s World Series, our technology assists security professionals in making timely and potentially life-saving decisions. Through our partnership with NCS4 and Project Stadia, we aim to bring this critical capability to the rest of the world.” From September 12-14, the NCS4, in collaboration with INTERPOL Project Stadia, delivered an all-new, three day Sports Security Executive Management course at Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France. During the event, Babel Street showcased its unique venue safety capabilities to nearly 100 security professionals and Interpol partner organisations, and through this partnership, it will continue to deliver this training globally over the next year. Recently, Babel Street was awarded the prestigious Golden Eagle award by The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, for the use of Babel X to assist event officials in maintaining situational awareness and security of the Super Bowl XLIX facilities. Data analytics software solutions Babel Street is a provider of advanced multi-lingual search and data analytics software solutions. The company enables customers with the ability to identify, analyse, and report on critical information pertaining to their organisation. Through Babel Street’s world class technology, users access and analyse millions of multi-lingual and geo-enabled data points emanating from public sources in more than 200 languages at near real-time. By delivering this wealth of information in a single pane of glass, Babel Street helps organisations coordinate research across teams and identify patterns and risks earlier, while also reducing the time and number of tools needed to create actionable insights. The company currently serves many of the world’s leading brands in financial services, transportation, entertainment, sports, higher education, hospitality, and government. Babel Street is privately held and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in London, Canberra, and San Francisco.
The Internet is awash in information, and some little bit of it somewhere might represent a threat to your company. How much would you pay someone on your staff to read more than a billion Internet posts a day in 200 languages, sort through it all, provide what’s relevant to your company in your inbox, and then alert you, in real time, to the most threatening information? It’s an interesting question that points to the value proposition of Babel Street, one of the exhibitors at the upcoming ASIS 2017 show in Dallas. Babel Street is one of the new “Big Data” analytics companies serving the security marketplace with a cloud-based platform able to analyse multi-lingual data in near real-time. “Our goal is to bring information from various sources, including billions of Internet posts, into one pane of glass,” says Jeff Chapman, CEO of Babel Street. The data analytics company sells its capability to collect data, refine it, and serve it up for clients to review. Monitoring the internet for security threats Sources of the data include social media outlets, “dark web” content, billions of blogs and forums, and commercially available information (in a partnership with TransUnion). Information might be related to intellectual property (IP) theft, various plant facilities, insider threats, executive protection, and/or general situational awareness. “CSOs are realising that one of the arrows in their quiver needs to be monitoring publicly available information on their companies,” says Chapman. “There are a billion postings a day, and somebody is likely talking about your company – what if it’s about security and you don’t hear it?” Babel Street’s customers include both commercial and government clients, and the company is active in the United States and several other countries (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Italy). Clients include technology companies, apparel companies, and even major sports leagues. In the government realm, there are health agencies, defense and law enforcement, among others. The system’s search and discovery processes occur in native languages, and then the results are translated and provided in the language requested Organised, translated, actionable data As the name suggests, Babel Street’s efforts transcend language barriers and can access data in more than 200 languages. Information can be delivered in any requested language. The system’s search and discovery processes occur in various native languages, and then the results are translated and provided in the language requested. The company’s differentiator is its linguistic capabilities overlaid with its capability to analyze massive amounts of data at a rapid speed. Accessing information in a variety of languages requires the ability to determine the sentiment expressed in the native language based on linguistic nuances. The system judges the attitude, emotion and intent expressed and determines if there is threat or a purpose to do harm. Babel Street embraces the need for privacy and employs a “chief privacy officer” to ensure they are compliant with various data laws. Chapman says they maintain a close relationship with data providers. The future of data analysis At the ASIS show in Dallas, Babel Street is looking to connect with existing clients, to locate new clients and to connect with potential partners. A partnership might enable Babel Street to access a new market, expand their international reach or otherwise benefit the business. The company’s message to ASIS attendees: “If you have a requirement to find data in the publicly available space, we are your answer,” says Chapman. In some cases, marketing departments are also interested in the information Babel Street can provide, especially from a reputation management perspective. As a former naval intelligence officer, Chapman learned the value of data and realised that the issue of analysing Big Data would not be solved by humans, given its volume, velocity and variety (the “3Vs”). “We need to be able to capture that information, and I was looking for solutions to help solve the problem,” he says. “I didn’t find a solution, so we built one.” Headquartered in Reston, Virginia., the company has about 100 employees. Data is sorted using artificial intelligence (AI) for speed and employing the Amazon Web Services cloud.
Babel Street®, an advanced multi-lingual search and analytics technology company, has announced that the company will participate in the upcoming American Society for Industrial Security’s Annual Seminar and Exhibits event (ASIS 2017), which will be held between 25th-28th September in Dallas, Texas. Search for information across hundreds of languages With 2.5 Exabytes (2.5 Trillion GBs) of data generated online every day in numerous outlets and hundreds of languages, organisations often struggle to pinpoint the specific information relevant to their corporate security. Babel Street’s core technology, Babel X, brings organisations an unprecedented access to billions of social media postings and blogs, hundreds of millions of unique websites, thousands of diverse news sources, as well as unprecedented access to deep and dark web sites, and commercially available data sources. The key benefit of Babel X is 360° situational awareness that informs decision-making in the rapidly changing world of corporate security. To the end, Babel X uniquely enables organisations to search quickly and persistently for critical information across hundreds of languages. Virtual data interpretation A virtual data interpreter with network analysis capabilities, Babel X yields answers and insights in easy-to-consume formats from any computer, device, or smartphone with an Internet connection and a web browser. “Security professionals often don’t know what they are missing when it comes to piecing together their threat intelligence landscape, so we want to make it clearer for them,” said Jeff Chapman, CEO of Babel Street. “With less than fifty percent of the internet in English, there is a lot being communicated, even with symbols and emojis, that can provide important insight or answers for organisations. Add to that, many are limiting their searches to English words found only via indexed websites or a few social platforms. We want to help these professionals understand that what they are missing is likely hiding in plain sight. They just need a platform that enables them to find answers instead searching for them.” Recently, Babel Street was awarded the prestigious Golden Eagle award by The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) for using Babel X to assist event officials in maintaining situational awareness and security of the Super Bowl XLIX facilities. The sports industry is one of many recognising the value of informational situational awareness for an industry’s security posture.
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