Q&A: How the Postal Service Thinks It Can Predict the Next Cyber Breach

Following the cyber intrusion at the U.S. Postal Service last year, which compromised the personal information of more than 800,0000 current and former employees, the agency says it now wants to use predictive systems to stop the next cyberattack.  That’s just one of many projects emerging from the agency’s Data Science and Exploration office. It’s also trying to use sensors to make its physical operations more efficient, pinpointing the number of employees needed for a predicted number of packages about 10 days in advance.  Dan Houston, manager of the data office, spoke with Nextgov about these and other upcoming technology efforts at USPS. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity. NG: Give us a picture of what USPS will look like in the near future.  DH: For the future, we’re looking at more predictive and…


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