Horus Security Consultancy - Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Horus Security Consultancy

This two-year KTP aims to construct a scalable data storage system that can quickly retrieve usable, quality data to support intelligence-led security decision-making.

8th June 2016 - 7th June 2018

A two-year data management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the Oxford e-Research Centre and Horus Security Consultancy aims to construct a scalable data storage system that can quickly retrieve usable, quality data to support intelligence-led security decision-making. Horus is a specialist intelligence-led security consultancy. Its key activities are security consultancy supporting the construction sector, open source intelligence, security investigations, and specialist screening.

Horus' knowledge, assessments and advice are built on its open source (OS) research expertise. Whether conducting an investigation, tracking the sale of illicit merchandise or monitoring social media chatter, Horus' research is dependent upon the discovery, capture and analysis of OS information – or 'raw data'. The development of an effective data management system – a HorusHub – will allow analysts to find, understand, use and, crucially, reuse the data and knowledge held within the company. Future assignments would improve and expand the HorusHub so that analysts can quickly access and understand a growing data-set in order to deliver improved products for established clients as well as develop products for new clients. Once developed, the new system will be deployed to all Horus staff, who will be fully trained on its use and uses.

Centre activity will be led by Professor David Wallom, Associate Professor and Associate Director-Innovation. He will be supported by senior researcher Dr Neil Caithness. The e-Research Centre provides unique knowledge and expertise in relevant data management, organisational techniques and the systems needed to achieve these aims. This includes customized linked data expertise essential to the success of the data Hub. This hub will build on a pilot currently operating in small scale for the community for which it was developed.