The IBIT Report

The Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) Report is based on rigorous vendor neutral academic research. Each report provides actionable knowledge to industry, is reviewed by our industry editorial board, and focuses on an topic important to our industry partners.

Sports Analytics: Advancing Decision Making Through Technology and Data
MARCH 2014

Sports enthusiasts are likely familiar with the growing importance of analytics in sports franchise operations. Sports teams use analytics in a wide range of activities, including game management, player development, marketing, and finance. As a result, sports are becoming a proving ground for tomorrow’s business analytics technologies. This IBIT Report provides a history and the current state of analytics and big data in sports. It includes two case studies that detail specific applications, their value, and the potential benefits to other industries. Also, the report outlines lessons learned to assist readers in applying these techniques to their own organization or field.

Barbarians Inside the Gate: Dealing With Advanced Persistent Threats

This IBIT Report describes how the field of information security has evolved from establishing barriers to prevent unauthorized entry to identifying threats from within a company’s own defenses. The ever-increasing sophistication of hackers’ use of malicious software (malware) to elude perimeter security and operate over extended periods creates new challenges for the IT organization. These “Advanced Persistent Threats” require new approaches and frameworks. To protect against the barbarians inside the gate, the author recommends four transformative steps to achieve more robust enterprise security. Everyone concerned about the safety of their organization’s information assets will want to take note of these recommendations.

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