360 Degree Data Visibility Overview, Data Model
Mermaid, a leading provider of Investigative Intelligence analytics, has announced the release of Siren 12.1. The latest version of Siren introduces several enhancements and enhancements including 360 degree data visibility, downloadable and editable reports, and data model scalability. The latest iteration of the Siren platform advances what is achievable in the world of investigation, launching new capabilities that have been developed based on the rapidly changing needs of investigators to generate information at speed and machine-wide.
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360 degree data visibility
The ability to see information 360 degrees on a single screen is fundamental for investigators. Siren 12.1 provides extensions to make it easier to get 360 degree views around entities (people, companies) – no matter where the original information is. Siren 12.1 introduces the ability to generate a rich 360 degree entity description. These are scripted interactive models that display information about the record with data not only from the record itself, but also from connected records and web service calls. Templates can be viewed by clicking on records, or they can be consumed as Word or PDF exports – and can be copied and pasted for easy editing and distribution.
At the heart of the flexibility offered by this new reporting functionality are two elements:
- The Siren API has been powered with new graph traversal capabilities. Users writing models can start from a record and navigate to find connected records whose values can be viewed.
- The resulting data is then transformed into feedback/HTML for rich interactive experiences or converted to PDF/Word using the built-in reporting interface.
Dr. Giovanni Tummarello, Founder and Product Manager at Siren, said, “The new 360 degree data visibility capability is a major step forward for our platform and aligns with our vision for forensic intelligence. We transform big data into actionable intelligence, helping investigators move away from the “swivel chair” approach. Our platform allows investigators to access disconnected systems and retrieve relevant information quickly and efficiently. 12.1 further enables law enforcement analysts to spot patterns never seen before in investigations, as the requirement for advanced correlation analysis across multiple datasets becomes an industry driver. This is an important release for our law enforcement, national security, cybersecurity, and enterprise risk and compliance customers.”
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Data model scalability: 1,000+ relationships
In big data forensic environments, analysts use rich relationship vocabularies in a matrix that can contain up to 100 different entity types. This potentially leads to thousands of valid “source/destination” combinations which, in the Siren data model, can be modeled as thousands of individual relationships. Siren 12.1 extends the scalability of the data model to comfortably handle these relationships through usability and scalability improvements.
The data model relationship page has been optimized, while the data model graphical browser can now display relationships between the same entities in aggregated forms.
Pivot based on filters: change your point of view of analysis
It is common for analysts to want to see the same results from a different perspective. For example, when viewing a set of businesses, they may want to take a geographic view or a financial view. In Siren 12.1, analysts can switch between dashboard views through filter-based pivoting, which is available whenever there is another dashboard view in the dataspace.
In Siren 12.1, users can create sub-searches and use them in dashboards so that all visualizations inherit sub-search filters. For example, if analysts have a communications index, i.e. SMS, phone calls, and emails, they can now create three sub-searches in the main communications index and use them to create dashboards in a way that will look like three separate entity tables. – yet all related relationally as their search for parental communication. This, in conjunction with Siren’s ability for components to inherit dashboard search, makes it easy to get type and subtype specific dashboards – in a way that is maintainable, without duplicating components. .
Chart aggregation metrics and sorting
Previously, aggregates on a chart only displayed the number of intermediate records. It is now possible to select metrics such as sum, maximum, minimum and average. Additionally, Siren 12.1 introduces a sorting/grouping function, accessible by right mouse button and places a set of selected nodes into a group.
Introducing Record Consolidation Tasks (beta available as a plugin)
Siren already provides entity resolution capabilities to detect that two or more records refer to the same real-world entities. But with Siren 12.1, it becomes easy to launch record consolidation tasks that create “centralized records”, providing a complete entity view at a glance. This can be done in real time with the click of a button, with the option of pre-computed consolidated views.
Multiple primary keys for intelligent, iterative consolidation of records.
A key feature of record consolidation is the ability to use multiple primary keys. This means that one can specify a set of identifiers (e.g. phone numbers, social security number, email) and if one of them matches all combinations of records, an operation interactive consolidation will take place. The result is intelligent, comprehensive consolidation that extracts insights from all of the organization’s data sources.
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