Raffael Marty

Hello, I'm Raffael Marty

Security Visualization. | Data Science. | Big Data.

San Francisco, CA, USA

Raffael Marty

Security Visualization. Data Science. Big Data.

"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present." - Bill Keane


Raffael Marty is vice president of security analytics at Sophos, and is responsible for all strategic efforts around security analytics for the company and its products. He is based in San Francisco, Calif. Marty is one of the world's most recognized authorities on security data analytics, big data and visualization. His team at Sophos spans these domains to help build products that provide Internet security solutions to Sophos' vast global customer base.

Previously, Marty launched pixlcloud, a visual analytics platform, and Loggly, a cloud-based log management solution. With a track record at companies including IBM Research, ArcSight, and Splunk, he is thoroughly familiar with established practices and emerging trends in the big data and security analytics space. Marty is the author of Applied Security Visualization and a frequent speaker at academic and industry events. Zen meditation has become an important part of Raffy's life, sometimes leading to insights not in data but in life.

My Areas of Interest

Below you find the four areas of interst that I fill my days with. My main focus, however, lies in pixlcloud, a visual analytics company.

"When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear." - Zen Proverb

Visual Analytics

Companies are collecting petabytes of data and are building large scale data processing environments based on hadoop and other big data technologies. This means we can process data, but what does the data really tell us? Visual analytics is the intersection of big data, data science, and visualization to help exploring data and make it actionable.

With pixlcloud, we bridge the gap between data and knowledge through visualization.

Following are some of my public projects in this space:

Security Intelligence

Security intelligence is the latest movement in the security arena. It combines the big data world with security information management (SIEM). Log management and SIEM products are complex and are starting to get outdated. Through a use-case driven architecture I have helped companies take their security intelligence to the next level.

Having worked at major SIEM vendors, and having spent a long time in log analysis research, I have been able to help companies implement solutions and define processes to get the most out of their SIEM investments and data environments.

pixlcloud will help take the security intelligence space to the next, long overdue, frontier.

Business Coaching / Advising

I have always been fascinated by people and how to build lasting relationships. Being part of a national sports team and later coaching the team taught me some incredible lessons and gave me some amazing experiences that I am trying to translate into business and life. My professional journey combined with the sports experiences has helped me work with a number of startups. I have helped define business models and strategies, assisted in raising money, building business relationships, and helped executives to go a step further.

Zen Student and Giving Back

I have been practicing Zen for a number of years. I am a Zen student and practices the tradition of koan study to gain insight into life.

2011 has introduce me to a new world, the world of NGOs. I traveled to Africa with MamaHope to get to see first-hand, what it means to live in absolute poverty. The trip has inspired me to do more work in this area and as a result of that, I joined the advisory board of MamaHope. I have also been working with some other projects like The Adventure Project to learn more about the NGO world.

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