Symphony in Action

Symphony is particularly well suited to big data analysis initiatives and data-driven public-private partnerships involving sensitive data where data fusion/analytics, agility, reusability, and scalability are critical. Following are a few examples of how Symphony was instrumental in quickly bringing together multiple datasets in a secure manner. To learn more, contact symphony@mitre.org

  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on GEOWorks: NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders. The agency has long recognized that many powerful ideas come from individuals or researchers with smaller organizations that do not necessarily have access to large data sets. In partnership with MITRE, NGA recently announced GEOWorks, which gives researchers the ability to apply their ideas and algorithms against real data in an environment developed—and secured—via Symphony. GEOWorks will be making numerous data sets available to researchers, starting with those in the fields of agriculture, aviation, humanitarian aid relief, maritime safety, and terrain.
  • Payment Integrity Research and Analysis Capability (PIRAC): An ongoing challenge for the federal government is to reduce improper payments—those that should not have been made or were made in the wrong amount. MITRE used Symphony as part of an internally funded innovation project to develop a PIRAC proof of concept involving data from the Census, the Department of Education, and the National Center for Education Statistics. MITRE developed models that can be used in associating the risk of improper payments for thousands of school districts receiving a major type of Department of Education grant involving more than $15 billion in Fiscal Year 2017.
  • Healthcare Anti-Fraud Innovation Network (HAFIN): Each year in the United States, tens of billions of healthcare dollars are lost to fraud, waste, and abuse. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asked MITRE to use Symphony to create a proof of concept for HAFIN. HAFIN is designed to help healthcare payers and other stakeholders identify unscrupulous or wasteful providers and outright criminals; provide real-time alerts about such bad actors to Medicare and other payers; and educate stakeholders throughout the industry about the techniques being employed against these actors.