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Dan Houston: USPS Looks to Strengthen Cybersecurity with Analytics, Risk-Scoring Tools

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cybersecurityThe U.S. Postal Service is looking to adopt predictive analytics technology to prevent another cybersecurity breach at the agency, Nextgov reported Monday.

Dan Houston, manager of USPS’ data science and exploration office, said in an interview with Nextgov that the agency is also developing a risk-scoring system in an effort to detect compromised data and insider threats.

“We already ingest threat feeds and we’ll continue to do that,” Houston told Nextgov.

“We’re exploring some ideas around social media to see if there are opportunities for us to leverage.”

A cyber intrusion at USPS last year compromised personal data of more than 800,000 former and current agency employees, the publication reports.

Houston’s office also implemented sensors to help the agency predict the number of personnel it should deploy to deliver packages, the report said.

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