From Forbes:

“In preventing terrorism, as in preventing crime, the secret is data, the intelligence that you make out of it and how you use that intelligence,” Bill Bratton told the audience at the CEB TowerGroup Financial Services Technology Conference this week in Boston. Bratton, the former head of the Boston, New York, and Los Angeles police departments, was invited to speak at the conference about “data-driven policing.” Also called “predictive policing,” today it is a widely-discussed big data example, building on a new approach to policing which Bratton has played a leading role in its development and implementation over the last two decades. In the aftermath of last week’s Boston Marathon’s terror attack, Bratton’s talk was highly instructive. Here’s what I learned about the link between hometown and homeland security and the use of data to combat crime and terror.