Case studies

Colonial Pipeline Cybersecurity Attack

The recent cybersecurity attack on the Colonial Pipeline Company led to a temporary disruption in the delivery of gasoline and other petroleum products across much of the southeast United States. More than 2.7 million miles of pipelines transport and distribute oil, natural gas, and other hazardous products throughout the United States. Protecting the nation’s pipeline systems is a responsibility shared by both the federal government and private industry with private sector pipeline operators responsible for implementing security measures for their assets. The figure below shows the U.S. pipeline systems’ basic components and vulnerabilities.

The Real Cost of Fraud in Federal Government Programs

Fraud hurts the integrity of federal programs and erodes the public’s trust in government. Fraud schemes are wide-ranging and occur when something of value is obtained through willful misrepresentation—for example, receiving a benefit or assistance from the federal government by lying to meet eligibility requirements.

Enterprise Management Solutions

How long does it take to get a payment from the government? Tax refunds, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid claims, and much more are processed through federal IT systems. But many of these systems are decades old AND outdated—which can slow down federal payments and services, and make taxpayer information vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Integrating Disparate Systems

A large retail company, name redacted to ensure confidentiality, with operations across multiple regions has been experiencing declining sales and profits. Despite several cost-cutting measures, the company’s performance continued to decline, and the management was unable to pinpoint the root cause of the problem. To exacerbate the problem, the company lacked a proper data analysis system that could provide insight into customer behavior and market trends. The company had a large amount of customer data, but it was stored in multiple disconnected systems, making it difficult to analyze and draw meaningful conclusions.

Implementing a Comprehensive Data Analytics Strategy

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is a government organization responsible for protecting the health and well-being of Americans. With such a comprehensive array of data available to it, HHS could tremendously benefit from implementing a comprehensive analytics strategy. Without a robust analytics strategy, the massive amount of data collected HHS is simply a financial liability, causing a number of negative consequences, including: