Experts say the age of big data security analytics has arrived
Experts say the age of big data security analytics has arrived

Companies are collecting mass amounts of data by the second, causing CIOs to seek new technologies and methods to mining information for value. As these enterprises deploy dba services for analyzing big data, experts agree there are immense opportunities for enhancing corporate security.

In a podcast interview with ComputerWeekly, Vigitrust CEO Mathieu Gorge explained that harnessing big data and matching particular points of information gives enterprises endless possibilities for improved security.

"The whole idea behind security in the storage of big data is being able to know where data is, where it is being stored, who has access to it and being able to track it for data protection and compliance…" he explained to the source. "In summary, the best way to do it is to map out the data, have a data flow diagram, classify the data and data points, the correlation of links between those data points, and then apply the standard mix of technical solutions, policies and procedures, and training."

Navigating a complex security landscape
A recent report from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) revealed that one reason corporations are looking to big data for these purposes is that the emergence of IT trends such as cloud computing, social media and bring-your-own-device have created new obstacles for managing security initiatives. Further, nearly one-quarter of organizations faced a security skills shortage in 2012, ESG explained, which has placed new demands on existing staff and technologies. Meanwhile, ESG stressed that the existing security infrastructure has become inadequate, as cybercriminals have new tool​ sets and tactics at their disposal.

However, database experts can empower firms to mine massive volumes of collected information to gain insight into potential vulnerabilities and security opportunities. According to ESG, 47 percent of enterprises collect, process and analyze more than six terabytes of security data on a monthly basis, which is an increase from two years ago for the majority of organizations. By analyzing this information for real-time security intelligence, firms gain hyper-visibility into all technology layers so risks and susceptibilities are detected more quickly across the enterprise. ESG noted that big data security intelligence thus gives teams the power to prioritize certain actions, adjust security controls and fine-tune incident response. Not only do these practices promote stronger protection of critical information and applications, but these advances can also lower security costs, the report explained.

Security analytics give firms the chance to make more data-driven decisions, which is the key to truly safeguarding information from any possible threat.

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