New Interview Tells How Cybertap Recon Product Offers Pragmatic Insight without Cost and Complexity

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CTO and product founder Couturier discusses Recon and the Big Data bandwagon.

Cybertap is an interesting company because it combines search with a range of functions which allow a combination of alerting, discovering, and finding.

Dr. Russ Couturier, Chief Technology Officer of Cybertap, recently granted an exclusive interview to the Arnold Information Technology Search Wizards Speak series to discuss Cybertap Recon, a product that applies big data analytics to captured network traffic to give organizations unparalleled visibility into what is transpiring both on and to their networks. The full text of the interview is available at

For the Recon program, Cybertap developed techniques for indexing massive amounts of information within a search engine construct and powerfully displaying this data for rapid comprehension. It is a recon cyber analysis software, a transformational visual forensics application that improves time to resolution, increases productivity, and presents big data information in an easy to learn, use, and understand visual context.

“Recon is able to decrease risk and improve your situational awareness by decreasing the time to resolution of a cyber event and by improving your knowledge of what happened during a cyber event. We are incorporating big data analysis techniques to reduce the meaningless data and quantify the meaningful information using categorization, semantic, and sentiment tools,” Couturier said. “Recon presents the information as it was originally seen so analysts can follow conversations and threads in context.”

It processes content, embedded files, attachments, attributes, network protocol data, metadata, and entities. Developers incorporated semantic analysis tools to “roll-up” large volumes of data into what they call “themes” and “topics.” This aggregation enables researchers to more quickly decide whether information is relevant.

“Mash ups and data fusion are crucial when dealing with big data,” Couturier said. “You can search, visualize, link, and reconstruct exactly what happened from the primary source and reduce investigation times by hours or days.”

Stephen E. Arnold, Managing Director of Arnold Information Technology and publisher of the influential search industry blog Beyond Search, said, “Cybertap is an interesting company because it combines search with a range of functions which allow a combination of alerting, discovering, and finding. In my experience, few products offer this type of pragmatic insight without the costs and complexities of traditional systems built by cobbling together different vendors’ products.”

Recon is also highly customizable. “Cybertap is strictly a software vendor and we work with clients or their integrator partners to customize end-to-end solutions,” Couturier explained. “With Recon the licensee can use what is already in operation and add other systems without worrying about integration with Recon.”

Couturier sees the Big Data bandwagon increasing in momentum. “An analyst—whether in law enforcement or financial services—must have tools to deal with the onslaught and to extract the latent value that lies within these treasure troves,” he said. The ability to provide structure (topics, themes, and categorization) to repository collections is key to getting value out of the data on hand. “That is a key focus of Cybertap’s technology,” Arnold said.

More information about Cybertap and Recon is available at

About Stephen E. Arnold, ArnoldIT

Stephen E. Arnold is a technology and financial analyst with more than thirty years of experience. In addition to “Google: The Digital Gutenberg,” he is the author of more than 50 journal articles and a number of other books, including “Internet 2000” and the first three editions of the 600-page encyclopedia of search called “The Enterprise Search Report.” His newest study of enterprise search, “The New Landscape of Enterprise Search: A Critical Review of the Market and Search Systems,” was published by Pandia in Oslo, Norway, in May 2011. Visit Beyond Search at for more information.

About Cybertap

Cybertap LLC is an innovative team of professional engineers, program managers, and security experts with a vision to integrate the best-of-breed cyber forensics, analysis, and security technologies. Cybertap serves all markets requiring solutions next generation data analysis tools including: federal government markets, both civilian and DoD agencies; commercial markets; and state and local governments. The privately held company has offices located in Vienna, Virginia; Englewood, Colorado and Palmer, Massachusetts. Visit or e-mail sales(at) for more information.

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