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Big Data Goes Hand in Hand with Security

Decision-makers around the business world are embracing Big Data projects to improve operations, reduce costs, and develop more innovative ways to communicate with prospective and existing clients. In many cases, companies are even analyzing information to boost security practices because using advanced analytics can provide employees and managers with insight into potential vulnerabilities.

A recent Cloud Security Alliance report noted that security analytic capabilities are being improved and built upon thanks to the use of sophisticated tools that enable decision-makers to acquire greater insight into both structured and unstructured data. These opportunities allow firms to analyze problems and prospective resolutions in real time, which can make information protection projects more effective.

"The goal of Big Data analytics for security is to obtain actionable intelligence in real time," said Alvaro Cardenas, Big Data industry expert. "Although Big Data analytics holds significant promise, there are a number of challenges that must be overcome to realize its true potential."

The ability to acquire new information regarding the risk landscape is becoming increasingly important, especially as organizations around the world implement innovative technologies that are outside of their comfort range. Mobile and cloud computing environments, which are relatively new in the workplace, are areas where Big Data security analytics are proving to be particularly helpful.

A new line of defense
As cybercriminals and the threat landscape in general evolve, companies need to arm themselves with as much informational ammunition as possible. This is where Big Data analytics comes into play, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute. The survey polled more than 700 IT professionals and revealed that only 20 percent of respondents believe they are getting better at stopping increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

"While data growth and complexity are explosive factors in cyber​ defense, new Big Data tools and data management techniques are emerging that can efficiently handle the volume and complexity of IP network data," said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute.

As organizations develop more comprehensive data aggregation, analytics, and governance strategy, decision-makers need to consider the benefits of aiming these projects toward the threat landscape. In doing so, companies of all sizes will be able to augment their defensive initiatives to minimize unnecessary costs and performance challenges associated with a breach.

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