Terrorists often leave behind digital evidence that could indicate their travel plans and financial activities prior to an attack and technology to find and monitor those footprints is starting to be applied in investigations by law enforcement agencies, the CEO of SAP National Security Services told CNBC Monday.
Mark Testoni said some of those digital evidence identification tools already exist in the financial sector to help combat credit card fraud and monitor customer activities to know when a potential breach has taken place.
“When you have a credit card… that has been compromised, the credit card companies are adept at knowing when your pattern of life has changed,” Testoni said to interviewer Michelle Caruso-Cabrera during the business channel’s “Power Lunch” program.
“What we’re doing here is taking a segment like that and expanding it to various other parts of life and assembling this all together.”
Testoni also described how databases that can analyze information quickly are one tool law enforcement agencies have to figure out patterns potential terrorists create in the digital realm and make connections in a shorter time with technology as opposed to manual intervention.
“Sometimes they’re doing their normal things and then sometimes new things happen. They might start pulling money out of bank accounts, they might be traveling and moving and concentrating in an area. We can help them look at those things and then through that, ultimately, prevent things like that from happening.”
SAP National Security Services — or SAP NS2 — is a Rockville, Maryland-based subsidiary of the German software conglomerate that offers technology services in fields such as data analytics, cybersecurity and mobile to U.S. government agencies and critical infrastructure operators.