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Big Data and Security Analysis

Posted by Security Steve on Oct 7, 2013


I’m sure you’ve seen this trend, but more and more companies are leveraging big data security tools and technologies by analyzing just about everything. From consumer buying patterns to your competitors’ product strategies - information as power has dawned. Time has revealed how challenging it was for data security experts to take note of the effective complexity of this scope of data before they began applying it directly to improving big data security needs. Today new security products are geared to include big data, which keeps the information in your organization even more secure.

 

Do Vendor Definitions Fit with Big Data Security?

Application of appropriate security means complete protection when analyzing huge amounts of private information from major events and other massive collection endeavors. The most effective enterprise security will provide the ability to monitor and compare anomalous behavior over time. It will make it possible to connect the dots between multiple similar events during major data analysis. Because of the sophistication and volume of the attacks that have become common, this is no small task. Discovering how to shine light on the motivation of the attacks is only a small part of this process. There are services and tools designed to make sense of the disparate sections of information to evaluate, so they can then be applied to the correct solution. Actionable information and intelligence emerge to show where previous SIEM and log management technology have failed. Now that SIEM and log management tools have improved and include real-time analysis, in-house threat intelligence programs can dedicate resources and staff to focus, inspect, correlate and apply information back into the networked system for development of much deeper protections.

 

Are You Fully Prepared for Your Security Audit?

For most companies - a data security audit imposes a pretty tough penalty. Especially in terms of added paperwork and due diligence. Companies that utilize in-house staff for data security protection - or any company requiring criminal employee background checks - will be offered the benefit of the doubt. Even still, they are often asked to produce massive pages of validation. This is where log management comes into play. Adequate validation for auditors often involves having not only criminal background checks for all involved - it also demands explicitly requested access to company components. A thorough review should be engaged every 90 days, as well as anytime job functions change, so you can be prepared for an audit that may be performed on your infrastructure.

 

How Log Management Can Get You to the Cloud

Problems with auditors have been reported as one of the reasons some companies have delayed entering the public cloud. While managing identity and access privileges should hold the auditors focus - not so much where the data is located- some data security professionals question whether privilege identities can be managed as well from the cloud. An SIEM and log management solution will help alleviate this concern, as well as motivate companies to move their computing assets into a cloud environment. The security and peace of mind a log management solution brings to the table settles all qualms as data security professionals can see exactly who is accessing what information and where- as well as being able to keep a history of activities. This carries into the cloud.

 

If you are looking for security for your big data (and ESPECIALLY if your security concerns are holding back an implementation of cloud computing technology) EIQ Networks has a solution that can both ease your fears and introduce added security to your organization.

 

Tags: Security Analysis, Cloud Security

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