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IDG INFO GRAPHIC - Big Data & Analytics: Effective Tools to Enhance Security (714 KB)
Description: Organizations are facing more daunting information security challenges than ever. Attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The threat of serious damage from data loss or theft grows as organizations place a greater emphasis on electronic business transactions and conduct more interactions with customers, citizens and employees online. Adding to the risk is the rising use of mobile devices and applications to support a variety of business processes. As recent high-profile hacker attacks against companies such as Anthem, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Home Depot and Target show, security breaches can compromise a huge amount of sensitive information and force businesses into long and costly recovery initiatives. Fortunately, many organizations have a potentially powerful weapon against security attacks in their hands: huge volumes of data. Many organizations—even small and mid-sized businesses—are gathering and storing all sorts of information at a rate that would have seemed impossible even a few years ago. But these data resources hold little value from a security standpoint without the management and analytics capabilities that can make the information more meaningful and useful. Big data and analytics tools do not eliminate security threats and vulnerabilities. However, they do give organizations a powerful means of detecting patterns of suspicious behavior and preventing attacks from having a serious impact on the business. Analytics and data management cannot only add tremendous business value from the standpoint of business intelligence and decision-making, it can also significantly increase organizations’ security posture.


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