Why the Intelligence Community Now Embraces Open-Source Tech

Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development
RSA Conference

DataTribe Co-Founder Mike Janke Says Most of the Real-Time Intel Is Open Source

Mike Janke, co-founder, DataTribe

The intelligence community long refrained from adopting open-source technology, but its value has become evident with the rise of cloud computing and machine learning. Practitioners also are shifting toward open-source intelligence to augment the information obtained through human intelligence.

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Open-source intelligence can also be shared before it’s classified, allowing for collaboration between organizations, said Mike Janke, co-founder of DataTribe. Sharing requires a designated place to store the data, machine-learning technology to sift through it and an interface for people to query, Janke said.

“If you think about threat intelligence feeds, it’s really open-source intelligence,” Janke said. “Most of the real-time intelligence is open source. The government is using that because they’re in a denied area where they’re not able to get that [information] from traditional spying methods.”

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Janke also discussed:

  • The limitations of conventional network scanning technology;
  • How computational mapping will change network architecture;
  • A “tectonic plate shift” coming to authentication technology.

Janke is also the founder and former CEO of Silent Circle. A former member of the elite SEAL Team 6, he is the author of two best-selling books on self-discipline, leadership and performance, and he was the 2016 recipient of the Visionary of the Year award from the Center for Democracy and Technology. Prior to starting Silent Circle, he was the founder and former CEO of SOC-USA.


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