When we talk about how much data floods into our worlds these days—and into and through our businesses, as well as our devices—we often decry it. Yes, in the old days finding information was harder, but these days, the volume is overwhelming.
The year ahead looks ominous as the frequency and severity of high profile data breaches continues to accelerate. We’ve given our IT security predictions and resolutions the one common theme is the importance of building an infrastructure to overcome procurement, deployment and operational challenges associated with traditional security management tools. We see automation as an increasingly critical component of this infrastructure as resource-constrained organizations will be even more challenged to address security management and operational complexities.
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.
According to a recent SANS survey a large percentage of security professionals said that they plan to adopt the new SANS security controls that were conceived by the government to limit data theft at organizations.
Is security intelligence a big data problem? We, at EiQ Networks, don’t think it should be. For security practitioners who are always fighting fires, security solutions should help them to identify and prioritize problems so their daily workload is manageable and the business is consistently meeting compliance standards. Unfortunately most solutions relegate security intelligence to a system of checkboxes creating a more complex big data problem than there really needs to be. Most vendors don’t have the knowledge or the time to properly help customers get the answers they really need. You have to pay extra for that.
Knowing what IT assets you have is an absolutely critical step to risk management. If you don’t know what you have, you can’t assess its vulnerabilities, their likelihood of being exploited, or their impact. While there’s no doubt that the proliferation of mobile and cloud technologies have made IT operations a substantially more agile and cost-effective, they often present a nightmare scenario for the security side of the house.