Data is a necessary evil when it comes to our new world that’s run by technology. It’s both an opportunity as well as a risk for most businesses. Anyone who has anything to do with cybersecurity knows about big data.
There is technology that allows us to mine enormous data sets and analyze them to find patterns and behavioral trends. Big data is collected from a wide variety of sources in many different formats and is both structured and unstructured.
Discovering insights from this seemingly meaningless data can be a difficult job, but the ROI from doing so makes all the effort worthwhile.
Cybersecurity is one of the many applications of clean and voluminous data. Before digging deeper into how data can straighten a business’ cybersecurity posture, let’s look at a few mistakes some organizations might make in saving their data and infrastructure.
According to Accenture (study conducted by the Ponemon Institute), there are more than 68% of business leaders that feel that their security risks are increasing. Yet several businesses are now aware of how big data can enhance their efforts to protect digital systems and infrastructures.
Then why do we only see a few success stories in data-driven cybersecurity?
Here are the top three reasons why organizations never start using big data for their cybersecurity efforts and fail halfway even if they do.
When cybercriminals attack organizations with big data sets, the reward is worth all the effort to penetrate security layers. Cyber attackers have a lot more to gain when they target such organizations, making the latter a lucrative target. Therefore, data is as much of an opportunity for cybersecurity as it is a risk.
Cybersecurity will make or break the foundation of any information technology initiative in your enterprise. It is undeniably critical today for every business that exists online and houses data. In order to support the IT infrastructure of tomorrow, cyberdefensive systems will need to become more sophisticated.
Businesses now need to interconnect all defense systems and bring them all together to build a holistic cybersecurity posture and identify and respond to threats in real-time.
Artificial intelligence will also play a key role in making this happen. As we get to automating and reducing manual errors, AI and ML will help build a more resilient organization. Overall, we will have cybersecurity systems that are smarter and able to handle large populations of systems and data.
Previously, risk assessments, vulnerability identification, and correlation rules were used as security methods, which led to shortcomings such as false positives, the inability to handle unique incidents, and slower event responses.
However, the data-driven cybersecurity solutions of today are composed of:
The sophisticated systems of today and tomorrow work to predict and prevent cybersecurity incidents in a proactive way instead of taking the reactive approach after an event has already taken place.
Using big data for cybersecurity is a double-edged sword. In the right hands, with the right strategy, data can support your organization’s security needs and protect your infrastructure from criminals who are only waiting for the right moment to attack you.
Data can be your best investment in improving cybersecurity as it eliminates guesswork and allows for factual decision making. Data-driven cybersecurity will also be able to reduce incident response time, which may minimize damage. According to some cybersecurity companies in 2019, the average time to identify a breach was between 150 and 200 days!
And finally, data-led cybersecurity can empower you to offer distinguished services and products to your customers and personalize them without worrying about the consequences.
Our team of cybersecurity specialists at TEHTRIS is fully aware of this, so we decided to take data-driven cybersecurity to a global scale. By assessing data from carefully stationed honeypots all over the world, we plan on helping the cybersecurity community witness first-hand the attackers’ methods for launching attacks and how they gain access to networks.
In addition, our detection and response system, TEHTRIS XDR Platform, is AI and ML-enabled and uses a data-driven approach to make holistic cybersecurity a possibility for your business.
Learn more about us at tehtris.com.