Are Big Data and Cybersecurity a Perfect Match?

We all know by now that cyberspace is the next frontier and that attacks are getting more sophisticated and effective. But the key to keeping your network may be big data. 

Teradata and Ponemon Institute have looked at the results in their report: Big Data Analytics in Cyber Defense. 

Sam Harris the Director of Enterprise Risk Management at Teradata. He told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program that only 20% of organizations believe they’re effective at stopping cyberattacks.

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Before you can find the connection between big data and cybersecurity you first have to define big data. Harris says big data is:

  1. Volume
  2. Velocity
  3. Complexity

"People commonly think of big data is unstructured, that isn't true. That is a misnomer because all data has structure it just might not be in the structure you are looking for," said Harris. 

The Cyber Link

"There is a very distinct link between data and cybersecurity. The traditional security platform is layered. But big data analytics can help you create this path analysis for events of interest like an intrusion," said Harris.

  • An overwhelming 72% felt that security is more effective when Big Data is combined with SIEM. 82% said the same of Big Data combined with Anti-Virus. And, 80% said that Anti-DoS/DDoS is more effective when powered by analytics.
  • Many organizations reported struggling with adopting analytics technologies and developing skilled employees. Only 35% have Big Data solutions in place today. And, 49% do not have in-house personnel, or expertise to implement these solutions.

Key Findings

  • The cyber problem is getting worse. There is an increase in the sophistication and volume of attacks.
  • Big data analytics are commonly understood as a path forward. They are seen as a proactive move.
  • There is a shortage of security professionals.
  • But if you can leverage the big data tools, none security professionals can be better prepared for cyber instances.

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