MacB’s Enlighten IT Develops Big Data Tool Set for Data Scientists

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md., July 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB), a leading National Security company delivering advanced engineering services, cybersecurity and product solutions, announced today that Enlighten IT Consulting, a MacB subsidiary, has developed a comprehensive analytic solution, called RAPID, for use by big data scientists. RAPID helps experts obtain critical insight from complex U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) information network data that’s essential for cybersecurity national defense. Similar analyst tools have been developed for smaller datasets, but RAPID is scalable to effectively handle petabytes of data.

During prototype testing in Enlighten’s cyber laboratory, company experts found that RAPID could handle billions of events across multiple feature sets, and that immediate deployment of analytics on a Big Data Platform (BDP) does not have to be done in isolation. RAPID allows data scientists to collaborate in the same web-based environment, and provides analysts with a notebook to test, develop, scale, and deploy with quick turnaround. The solution utilizes common languages and interfaces including Structured Query Language (SQL), Python, and Apache Spark to perform machine learning. Importantly, it also contains multiple security layers to limit individual access to different sets of DoD data, thus tightly controlling security information at the cell level.

“Our RAPID analytic solution is a game-changer, filling a critical gap that data scientists have when working with petabytes of data,” said Duane Shugars, Enlighten’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “This work also complements the development of our recent Cyber Learning Engine tool as the next step in transforming MacB’s Defensive Cyber Operations for the protection of our Nation.”

Over the past 39 years, MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) has been solving many of our Nation’s most complex National Security challenges. We are committed to delivering critical capabilities in the areas of Intelligence and Analysis, Cybersecurity, Secure Cloud Engineering, Research and Development, Integrated Laboratories and Information Technology to Defense, Intelligence Community, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security, and Federal agencies to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. With Corporate Headquarters in Dayton, Ohio and National Capital Headquarters in Vienna, Virginia, our 1,500 employees worldwide are dedicated to developing mission-focused and results-oriented solutions that make a difference where and when it matters most. Learn more about MacB at

Since 2007, Enlighten IT Consulting (EITC) has been an innovative provider of advanced and mission-critical big data infrastructure, secure cloud engineering, and analytic solutions for federal, state, and local clients with specific emphasis on the warfighter and decision makers responsible for national defense and security. A premier partner of Amazon Web Services (AWS), EITC has collaborated with AWS to provide innovative solutions to meet many of the challenges facing the U.S Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community related to big data, cyber analytics, data fusion and IT transformation. The company was named one of Baltimore’s Top Workplaces in 2017 by the Baltimore Sun Media Group. EITC was acquired by MacB in December 2016, and is headquartered in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

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