SecurityBrief Asia logo
Asia's leading source of cybersecurity and cyber-attack news
Partner content
Story image

Explainability: the foundation of trust in data

By Contributor
Tue 18 Jan 2022

Article by Qlik A/NZ country manager, Paul Leahy.

In 2022, data is one of the most valuable assets Australian organisations possess. Long-term success and durability for businesses rest upon it. However, the disconnect between the desire to better use data and the lack of confidence in data quality is hampering business leaders’ ambitions.

A lack of understanding of where information or numbers have come from has led to many Australian CEOs questioning the level of risk associated with responding to data rather than making informed, strategic decisions to further the success of organisations.

We should always question rather than blindly follow or obey.

This is particularly true when it comes to the growing role of Active Intelligence in business, the triggering of immediate actions from real-time, trusted data to accelerate business value across the entire analytics supply chain.  

And there is one word that should be focused on in that sentence: trust. Active Intelligence relies on a symbiotic relationship between data, machines and humans. As Sally Eaves put it in her article ‘A matter of trust’ in Qlik’s new magazine, this relationship is more akin to “teammates or partners bringing together complementary strengths”.  

At the centre of this relationship is trust. But not blind trust. The human element is there to not only complete the action but ensure that the KPI or metric the action is based on can be explained. The good news is that the ability to provide evidence and visibility of the data as it has transformed has become much easier with the move towards Explainable BI.  

Why is trust important?  

Without trust, we are not comfortable taking risks or making the changes needed to be responsive, innovative, and forward-looking. To make the most of data in driving better business outcomes, we need to be able to trust it and the process of the intelligent machines that compel us to act. We need explainability.  

The reason we need it now is three-fold.  

  • Data has been democratised across the organisation with the rise of self-service analytics. Every business department is now an active participant in collecting, consuming and analysing data, and there are more users of analytics than ever before. However, in the opening up of data, our understanding of where the data originated and how it has been edited and manipulated – the data lineage – has got lost along the way. Many now struggle to answer the simple question of “where did that number come from?”. And trust in the insight is lost. 
     
  • That, in turn, has created an analytics adoption problem within businesses. People won’t act if they don’t have confidence in the insights. And few today are willing to bet their fortune or reputation on a data point they can’t back up.  
     
  • Explainable BI is critical to collaborate with data. Better decisions are made when data informs the discussion; we can question it, challenge its output, and tell the story of its potential impact. Understanding the lineage of that data is the foundation for these discussions and when considering what other data could be introduced to provide even richer insights.

To trust in the potential for data transformation, we need widespread adoption of Explainable BI to provide visibility into the data’s lineage – the source, governance and business logic applied to the data that has informed the insight. We must understand what transformation the data has gone through to get to that decision and how trustworthy is it. That visibility empowers individuals to take action in the business moment with confidence and seize new opportunities. 

This will only grow in importance as we move closer towards more widespread adoption of the Active Intelligence model. Where we’re not only using the data to inform our own decisions, but it is proactively served to compel us to take actions and trigger automated responses. That is only possible through trust.  

The organisations that have stood the test of time are those that have adapted, innovated, and taken risks. Consider the continued success of General Electric. The conglomerate embraces “Finding solutions… Not just imagining. Doing”; it was the first business in the world to own a computer and continues to make surprise market expansions into new areas, like renewable energy. 

There are always going to be times when businesses have to take risks. But that is very different to making risky decisions. Active Intelligence allows decision-makers to not just rely on ‘a number on a page’, but to choose a route based on insights backed up by explainable, trusted data.

Article by Qlik A/NZ country manager, Paul Leahy.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Cybersecurity
Hard numbers: Why ambiguity in cybersecurity no longer adds up
As cybersecurity costs and risks continue to escalate, CEOs continue to struggle with what their investment in cyber protection buys. Getting rid of ambiguity becomes necessary.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Managed service providers: effective scoping to avoid costly vendor pitfalls
Managed security services are outsourced services focusing on the security and resilience of business networks.
Story image
Remote Working
How zero trust and SD-WANs can support productive remote working
The way people connect with applications and data has changed, users are remotely accessing resources that could be stored anywhere from a corporate data center to the cloud.
Story image
Cybersecurity
The 'A-B-C' of effective application security
Software applications have been a key tool for businesses for decades, but the way they are designed and operated has changed during the past few years.
Story image
Surveillance
Genetec launches new enclosure management system for data centers
Genetec has released a new enclosure management solution that will give data centers the ability to secure, monitor and manage access to racks and cabinets remotely.
Story image
Application Security
Data Theorem launches "industry first" attack surface management solution
"No solution uses full-stack application runtime analysis and dynamic inventory discovery to support the challenges around vendor management."
Story image
Mitiga
Mitiga discovers potential hidden dangers in Google Cloud Platform’s (GCP) cloud control plane
The company also says that there is significant risk in cloud development caused by not recognising the differences between cloud and traditional definitions of common architecture terms.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
IBM study reveals changing sentiments around AI ethics
80% of respondents pointed to a non-technical executive, such as a CEO, as the primary 'champion' for AI ethics, a sharp uptick from 15% in 2018.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Companies rushing to secure print infrastructure
As the pandemic prioritised communication channels and the shift to remote work, IT departments fell behind in updating the security of print and IT infrastructure.
Story image
Microsoft
Apple, Google and Microsoft expands plans to get rid of passwords
FIDO Alliance says the world is closer to not relying on passwords after Apple, Google and Microsoft expands their support for a passwordless sign-in standard.
Story image
Blue Prism
Blue Prism Desktop uses IA to defend against vulnerabilities
SS&C Blue Prism Desktop aims to help protect businesses against vulnerabilities, using a combination of security measures and intelligent automation tech.
Story image
Firewall
Sophos named Gartner Peer Insights Customers Choice for network firewalls
The company earned the highest overall customer rating among vendors with at least 150 verified customer reviews.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - An update from IronNet
Michael Ehrlich joins us today to discuss the history of IronNet and the crucial role the company plays in the cyber defence space.
Story image
Digital Transformation
Physical security systems guide the hybrid workplace to new heights
Organisations are reviewing how data gathered from their physical security systems can optimise, protect and enhance their business operations in unique ways.
Story image
Phishing
Google reveals new safety and security measures for users
Google's new measures include automatic two step verification, virtual cards and making it easier to remove contact information on Google Search results.
Story image
Cybersecurity
World (un)Password day? Yubico releases MFA guide encouraging new ideas
In a slight departure from traditional World Password Day lore, Yubico has today announced a multi-factor authentication (MFA) guide.
Story image
Ransomware
Zerto unveils updates to ransomware recovery capabilities
"Organisations face increased risks from the volume and sophistication of ransomware attacks prevalent today."
Story image
Hyperscale
SpaceDC partners with Aofei for data center sales in Asia
SpaceDC has partnered with Aofei Data International to sell Aofei's data centers, CDN and SDN in China.
Story image
Cybersecurity
A10 Networks finds over 15 million DDoS weapons in 2021
A10 Networks notes that in the 2H 2021 reporting period, its security research team tracked more than 15.4 million Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) weapons.
SonicWall
Find out how you and your business can prevent being caught out by everything from ransomware to cryptojacking.
Link image
Story image
Data Protection
Managed Service Providers key to customer data protection
Frequent cyberattacks in the ASEAN region drive the demand for MSPs that can deliver purpose-built security solutions for SME customers.
Story image
BeyondTrust
BeyondTrust integrates Password Safe solution with SailPoint
BeyondTrust has announced the integration of BeyondTrust Password Safe with SailPoint identity security offerings.
Story image
APAC
Odaseva expands in APAC and UK with more security features
Odaseva, a data platform for Salesforce, is establishing new headquarters in London as well as a new data center in India.
Story image
Cybersecurity
ThoughtLab reveals 10 best practices for cybersecurity in 2022
The benchmarking study reveals best practices that can reduce the probability of a material breach and the time it takes to find and respond to those that happen.
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - Datacom, Micro Focus, SnapLogic and VMware
We round up all job appointments from May 6-12, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - Cisco, Hitachi Vantara, Tricentis & Zscaler
We round up all job appointments from April 28 - May 5, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Appian
Appian awarded billions in damages against Pegasystems Inc.
Appian has been awarded USD$2.036 billion in damages against Pegasystems Inc as the result of a jury verdict in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia.
Story image
Secure access service edge / SASE
Versa Networks recognised as SASE leader in Govie Awards
Versa Networks has announced its SASE offering has been recognised in The Govies Government Security Awards competition by Security Today magazine.
Story image
Cybersecurity
CyberArk launches $30M investment fund to advance security
CyberArk has announced the launch of CyberArk Ventures, a $30 million global investment fund dedicated to advancing the next generation of security disruptors.
Story image
Cybersecurity
New report reveals evolving techniques targeting cloud-native environments
Companies are adopting cloud-native technologies faster than ever before. Unfortunately, with new technology comes new threats and challenges.
Story image
Ransomware
Cybersecurity starts with education
In 2021, 80% of Australian organisations responding to the Sophos State of Ransomware study reported being hit by ransomware. 
Story image
VPN
Palo Alto Networks says ZTNA 1.0 not secure enough
Palo Alto Networks is urging the industry to move to Zero Trust Network Access 2.0 because previous versions have major gaps in security protection.
Story image
Ransomware
Anniversaries remind us to review identity risks
World Password Day provides a timely reminder for ordinary citizens and organisations to stop and think about the risks associated with digital identities.
Story image
Application Security
What are the DDoS attack trend predictions for 2022?
Mitigation and recovery are vital to ensuring brand reputation remains solid in the face of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack and that business growth and innovation can continue.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Global bot security market to reach US$2.5 billion by 2032
The global bot security market to reach US$2.5 billion by 2032 driven by a growing need for cyber security, according to a new report.
Story image
Public Cloud
Radware announced launch of CNP spinoff SkyHawk Security
“We recognise the growing opportunities in the public cloud security market and are planning to capitalise on them."
Story image
Sift
Sift shares crucial advice for preventing serious ATO breaches
Are you or your business struggling with Account Takeover Fraud (ATO)? One of the latest ebooks from Sift can provide readers with the tools and expertise to help launch them into the new era of account security.
Story image
Fortinet
Fortinet sees 34% revenue increase in latest financial results
Fortinet has released its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, seeing a total revenue increase of 34.4% compared to the same quarter last year.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Updates from Google Workspace set to ease hybrid working troubles
Google Workspace has announced a variety of new features which will utilise Google AI capabilities to help make hybrid working situations more efficient and effective.
Story image
Malware
Sharp increase in phishing as cybercriminals leverage SEO to lure victims
"Malware lurking everywhere, from cloud apps to search engines, leaving organisations at greater risk than ever before."
Story image
Forensics
Exterro adds advanced capabilities to digital forensic tool
The launch is in-line with Exterro’s investment in the FTK product line, and underscores the company's commitment to the digital forensics.
Story image
Cybersecurity
HackerOne launches Attack Resistance Management solution
HackerOne has launched Attack Resistance Management - a new category of security solution that targets the root causes of the attack resistance gap. 
Story image
Ivanti
Ivanti and Lookout bring zero trust security to hybrid work
Ivanti and Lookout have joined forces to help organisations accelerate cloud adoption and mature their zero trust security posture in the everywhere workplace.
Story image
Malware
Use of malware, botnets and exploits expands in Q1 2022
"As zero-day attacks and other vulnerabilities among companies like Google and Microsoft come to light, threat actors are quickly adjusting their tactics."