A cyber attack is every organization’s worst nightmare. Companies are typically concerned with the breach of both customer and employee data, the exposure of sensitive information, and the financial and reputational impact of a security incident. But what about an attack that erases enterprise data assets and analytics tools? 

This happened to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) following a 2020 cyber attack. SEPA scientists recently discussed how the agency rebuilt its program during a session at Tibco Analytics Forum, the takeaways of which were profiled in a subsequent TechTarget article.

After the attack, SEPA lost all access to internal resources, including large historical data sets and its catalog of approximately 200 internal TIBCO Spotfire reports, dashboards, and data models developed over eight years. Luckily, one instance of Tibco Spotfire survived, enabling SEPA to meet its obligations while simultaneously rebuilding its catalog of analytics tools. 

As the agency redesigned its program, it worked with TIBCO to include more modern capabilities and incorporate the experiences gleaned since SEPA first implemented the program in 2012. 

For example, SEPA now uses TIBCO Spotfire’s model-building capabilities for water quality forecasting. The agency first relied on the tool to make predictions during the 2021 summer season. From there, SEPA added new features, including automation capabilities that assume the time-intensive responsibilities of data updating—freeing data engineers to focus on other more strategic tasks. With the new tool, any improvements and iterations of models and dashboards are much easier for SEPA to implement. In addition, because they are accessible via a web browser rather than solely stored on-premises, insights can be accessed in real-time from any location. 

This is just one example of how SEPA has built back stronger with TIBCO following the cyber attack. The agency has also developed a new tool that allows it to monitor and predict pharmaceutical pollution levels in wastewater and another that uses satellite technology to track the surface temperature of the water surrounding Scotland. 

Head over to TechTarget for more on SEPA’s redesigned analytics program, including how it plans to utilize digital twins and TIBCO Spotfire to do scenario planning.