Khawlah Abdulaziz Alswailem

  • How does a cyber kill chain work?
    The kill chain is structured to reveal the active state of a data breach. User behavior analytics (UBA) brings advanced threat intelligence to every stage of the kill chain – a […]

  • After our discussion in class today, I was wonder why do we need to visualize the data? What is the added point from this step?

    Based on my research about data visualization, I found different reasons and […]

    • Well explanation. Data visualization is going to change the way our analysts work with data. They’re going to be expected to respond to issues more rapidly. And they’ll need to be able to dig for more insights – look at data differently, more imaginatively. Data visualization will promote that creative data exploration.
      Comprehend information quickly: By using graphical representations of business information, businesses are able to see large amounts of data in clear, cohesive ways – and draw conclusions from that information. And since it’s significantly faster to analyze information in graphical format (as opposed to analyzing information in spreadsheets), businesses can address problems or answer questions in a more timely manner.

    • Great insight, Khawla ! Surprisingly, me and a few friends were just discussing about data visualization a few days back and I would have to agree with you that data visualization is a great way to put one’s point forth. It makes comparison and in turn decision making so much easier. For the same reason, infographics is great tool to make use of when one wants to cut out the clutter and present to-the-point information.

  • What Is Splunk?
    Splunk is a software platform to search, analyze and visualize the machine-generated data gathered from the websites, applications, sensors, devices etc. which make up your IT infrastructure and […]

  • I have tried to provide simple explanations for some of the most important technologies and terms we will come across if we are getting into big data.

    Here they some of the key terms:

    Algorithm: A […]

  • Good Post, David. Regarding this statement “The challenge with big data is not the data. There is plenty of data. The challenge with big data is developing a set of meaningful use cases that address key business challenges.” I believe that one of the biggest challenges with big data is the quality of that data. Dirty data costs companies in the…[Read more]

  • Interview: Paulo Sampaio, Data Scientist at EDITED

    I find an interesting interview with Paulo Sampaio, Data Scientist at EDITED. Paulo and his team are applying neural networks, machine learning and other […]

  • Khawlah Abdulaziz Alswailem posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    I like your consideration with “worst” meaning, it really makes sense. Also, I understand your point of view about the “The Bureaucrat” type, but do you think the lack of communication skills in the auditor may lead to significant impact for the company and its objectives comparing with other Auditor Types?
    I believe that it lea…[Read more]

  • I like your explanation of driving a car as a multitask activity, Priya. I totally agree that most of the recent jobs and activities require a multitasking abilities which based mainly on time management and organizational skills. In fact, employees who multitask effectively must be able to rotate their concentration smoothly and entirely from one…[Read more]

  • Khawlah Abdulaziz Alswailem posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Thank you for the reply, Annamarie.

    Collecting employee’s data and especially knowing their strength and weakness will help the organization to use its resources efficiently and achieve its goals effectively. Indeed, this can assist in working with large projects that require different expertise from various fields.

  • Khawlah Abdulaziz Alswailem posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks Deepali, I really enjoyed reading this post. For using big data as a valuable tool of microtargeting, I read similar article about elections and microtargeting, and it mentioned one recent example:

    ” One of the recent great examples of using microtargeting is the behavioral microtargeting case from The Trump’s election team. Trump’s tea…[Read more]

  • Khawlah Abdulaziz Alswailem posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    What makes it really strange that sometime people use very simple ways to do the fraud!.
    I think the most powerful way to prevent data breaches is by the awareness programs and policy enforcement.

    Thanks Alex,

  • Good points, Alex. These are really critical technologies for any organization, and the most important one, in my opinion, is the first point which is Dark analytics. The importance of dark analytics can be summarized in tow points. First, Dark data represents a huge opportunity for companies to gain valuable insights which can drive their…[Read more]

  • Nice post Priya. Regarding the flow diagram point, I’m totally agree that having very clear and comprehensive flowchart that represent the workflow in an organization is very helpful way to detect and prevent the fraud since this workflow is comprised of the set of process it needs to accomplish connected with the people who responsible to…[Read more]

  • Thank you Blake, I agree with your point about the strong ethics, Since the IT auditors are responsible for detecting and preventing frauds, it’s important to ensure that they have strong principles.


    Essential Skills Every Data Analyst Should Have
    While I’m working on ACL and practicing dealing with data and finding patterns, I was wondering about the essential skills that IT auditors and data analysts […]

    • Khawlah,

      This post reminds of the Ed Gelbstein article, Perspectives From a Seasoned Practitioner, that we read for IT Audit Process (The article can be found at He said that auditor should be:

      • A…..Analytical
      • U…..Unbiased
      • D…..Diplomatic
      • I……Independent (and inquisitive)
      • T …..Thorough
      • O…..Objective
      • R …..Reliable

      I believe that an auditor also needs to have strong ethics. One example of this would be “If they don’t know something, then they be upfront and let their bosses know”. If their friend or relative works at a company, they need to be upfront about that as well.

      I also believe that data analysts should have an idea of what the company does the data they are collecting.

    • Thank you Blake, I agree with your point about the strong ethics, Since the IT auditors are responsible for detecting and preventing frauds, it’s important to ensure that they have strong principles.

    • I really liked this post. I think often times knowing the audience is something that gets overlooked, especially at the entry level. You might want to impress a board room with how smart you are with the data, but if it goes over everyone’s head, you do more harm than good for yourself and the company.

    • Thank you for the reply, Darin.

    • In all honesty, I think all of these skills are applicable to any IT Field position. The skills that you have mentioned are all great skills to possess. However, I think that it sad, the most people often think of IT professionals as not knowing their audiences. Obviously, it various by certain individuals, but generally speaking if you know you are speaking to non-technical people, you should not use the uncommon jargon. Yet, someone people fall victim to being over technical with the wrong audience, which could downplay their overall presentation. I think these are all great skills people within our field should continue to grown in throughout their careers. My Intel mentor always tells me, “that you must treat your career like a baby, contiune to nourish it with skills and knowledge”

    • Nice post, I like you mentioned “knowing the audience”. The true value hides behind data is that data can be transferred to useful information for decision-making. As a Data Analyst, your job is to not only interpret the data but also to effectively communicate your findings to other stakeholders, so they can make data-informed decisions. Many stakeholders will not be interested in the technical details behind your analysis. That’s why it’s very important for you to be able to communicate and present your findings in a way that is easy to understand for your audience, both technical and non-technical.

    • I really like the “AUDITOR” you brought up. I can’t agree with you more that in order to become a successful auditor all of the characteristics must be meet. On top of being able to communicate with the clients and build up trust with them, it’s also important for the auditor to be independence. Auditor independence refers to the independence of the internal auditor or of the external auditor from parties that may have a financial interest in the business being audited. Independence requires integrity and an objective approach to the audit process.

  • With the dynamic changes in the business environment, being able to know everything about a particular field is an impossible for an individual. However, continues learning and the ability to identify the personal strength and weaknesses are essential points for any employee. In each company, the right person should be in the right place doing his…[Read more]

  • Absolutely, data is the most valuable asset for any organization. Meanwhile, it’s something needs an efficient collecting and analysis to drive the actual value. If enterprises make an effort on their big data, that will help to increase their profits and create a competitive advantage for them.

  • Khawlah Abdulaziz Alswailem posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Wenlin Zhou, it is a really dangerous form of mobile malware. During my research, I find a useful article that may support what you mentioned. It discusses How to tell if your Android phone is infected – and what to do if it is. The main advice from this article said “Don’t install apps from untrusted sources. Stick to the Google Play Store if a…[Read more]

  • I agree with you Blake, many people use their same password for different accounts even who has security and IT background. In my opinion, companies need to establish more awareness programs that improve the employees’ knowledge about the potential risks and impacts that may occur based on their behavior. Also, creating strict rules and policies…[Read more]

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