Graph Intelligence is the future of data-driven investigations

Today we are excited to announce that we are doubling down on graph intelligence, the use of graph technology to make it easier and faster for organizations to detect and investigate threats hidden in large complex datasets.

The growing complexity of data-driven investigations, combined with the lack of appropriate tools, exposes organizations to serious risks because of undetected threats. Over the years, we have seen that graph technology improves the detection of anomalies and speeds up the investigation process. It offers a comprehensive network view of complex connected data, usually scattered across silos within organizations, reducing the blindspots exploited by criminals.

Why is Linkurious becoming a graph intelligence company and what does it mean?

The need for new investigation tools

Since 2013, Linkurious has been helping hundreds of organizations worldwide extract insights hidden in complex connected data. Our technology is used in domains as different as medical research, anti-terrorism or supply chain management. All these areas deal with connected data, which make them prone to adopt graph technology. We help clients like NASA, Zurich Insurance or the French Ministry of Finance visualize graph data, turning underexploited assets into actionable knowledge.

Most of our clients struggle with the rise of online criminal activities such as financial crime, cyber attacks or terrorist activities. Investigation teams strive with existing tools to find insights in big data. This leads to undetected threats that can cause significant human or financial losses, massive data breaches or regulatory sanctions. For instance, the US and European regulators imposed $342 billion of fines on banks since 2009. At the same time, economic crime is on the rise, with 49% of global organizations reporting being a victim of fraud.

The exponential growth of collected data is only a part of the problem: data is usually scattered across tools and tables. Connecting the dots to detect suspicious behaviors or to follow a trail is complex and time-consuming. As a result, it often falls short. Brought together, information in system A and in system B would reveal a fraud attempt. However, due to the lack of tools designed to investigate complex connected data efficiently, no one can put together the information in systems A and B. The consequence is that the fraud is not stopped in time. Crime organizations are adept at finding and exploiting these loopholes. It is time for investigation teams to turn the situation around and use data to their advantage against criminals.

Over the past year, we have worked with incredible teams at the American Enterprise Institute, BforBank, the ICIJ or the New York State Attorney General to tackle the challenges of detecting and investigating threats in complex datasets. As a result, our product is evolving into what we call the Graph Intelligence Platform.

The Graph Intelligence Platform

At Linkurious we believe that graph technology is critical for organizations to leverage all their data in their fight against online threats. The graph approach provides a framework to unify complex data domains into a flexible and scalable data structure. The graph acts as a foundation to build a complete intelligence picture, eliminating blind spots and reducing the time spent tracking information scattered in multiple tools or silos.

Linkurious is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this insight. Over the years we have partnered with companies like AllegroGraph, DataStaxNeo4j or Stardog. These database companies make it easy to store and query large graphs in real time. Linkurious has also developed a recognized expertise around making graph data accessible to the teams who need it to make smart decisions. With the help of our clients, our Linkurious Enterprise product has evolved to integrate an intuitive visualization interface with the security and collaboration requirements of real-life analysts and investigators.

We have been lucky to work with some of the most innovative teams who are fighting financial crime, national security threats or cyber attacks. They taught us about some of their specific challenges among which: the information overload when browsing complex datasets, the difficulties of finding anomalies in large amounts of data, dealing with sensitive information that complicates sharing and collaboration or merging structured and unstructured data coming from enterprise silos.

We call this approach the Graph Intelligence Platform: a system designed to augment the capabilities and speed of data-driven investigators, from data ingestion to the dissemination of intelligence results. We believe that the future of investigation lies in an advanced combination of human and computer-based intelligence.

With our partnerswe have already helped a growing number of clients implement graph intelligence platforms to scale the capabilities of their investigation teams. BforBank’s team of analysts divided by 10 the processing time to identify fraud rings, reducing the investigation time from several days to a few hours. The Critical Threat Project’s analysts now use Linkurious technology on daily basis to conduct intelligence investigations and understand threats to U.S. national security.

We are excited to be doubling down on the graph intelligence approach. We want to make it easier and faster for organizations to detect and investigate threats hidden in large complex datasets.

What’s next

We have updated our website to reflect our new graph intelligence positioning. More importantly, our product team is working hard to make this vision a reality. Among our key objectives are facilitating the exploration of graph data, using AI to automate the detection of suspicious activities or integrating with the business workflows of existing systems.

In the coming months, we will update Linkurious Enterprise with:

  • temporal analysis capabilities;
  • revamped styling and filtering interface;
  • integrated workflows with third-party applications for retrieving data from an external API, or sending information to other tools.

We will keep supporting all our clients as we have always done (including those that are not directly working on threat detection and investigation but want to apply the graph intelligence approach to other domains), as well as working closely with our partners around the world.

We are excited to continue our journey to democratize the use of graph technology and help organizations fight today’s most challenging threats.

Feel free to reach out to discuss this exciting news or if you have any questions.
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