Big Data Analytics Gives Security Boost to Feds

 
 
By Gina Roos  |  Posted 2016-09-19 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Big Data Analytics Gives Security Boost to Feds

    Most federal IT managers are using big data analytics in some form for cyber-security. Yet obstacles remain, including a shortage of skilled talent and poor management support.
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    2 - Data Security Benefits
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    Data Security Benefits

    Feds believe that fully leveraging big data for cyber-security will improve protection from external (66%) and internal security threats (57%). It also will decrease the time to detect a threat (50%) and remedy an incident (40%) and reduce false alerts in existing monitoring systems (40%).
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    3 - Big Data Growth
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    Big Data Growth

    81% of federal IT managers report their agency is using big data analytics for cyber-security in some capacity; 53% use it as a part of their overall cyber-security strategy and 28% use it in a limited capacity.
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    Scanning for Vulnerabilities

    The most common uses for big data include detecting vulnerabilities in the IT environment (55%), detecting breaches that are currently happening (54%), correlating and analyzing data from multiple sources (51%), and monitoring streams of data in real time (49%).
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    Advanced Analytics

    51% of respondents currently use behavioral analytics and 71% have some form of continuous diagnostic capabilities.
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    6 - Lack of Confidence
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    Lack of Confidence

    45% of respondents who use big data analytics for cyber-security trust their efforts to be highly effective.
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    7 - Compromised Data
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    Compromised Data

    59% of respondents said their agency deals with a cyber-security compromise at least once a month due to its inability to fully analyze data.
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    Data Analysis Struggles

    88% of respondents said their agency faces challenges gaining cyber-security intelligence from data, with the majority reporting the task has become more difficult in the past two years.
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    9 - Securing Volumes of Data
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    Securing Volumes of Data

    The biggest challenges include the sheer volume of cyber-security data (49%), lack of the right systems in place to gather the cyber-security information needed (33%) and information is no longer timely when it makes it to cyber-security managers (30%).
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    Data Loss

    Respondents estimate that more than 40% of their data goes unanalyzed.
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    Adoption Roadblocks

    The biggest issues holding back big data adoption include a lack of skilled personnel (40%), privacy concerns (27%) and a lack of management support/awareness (26%).
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    12 - Security Improvements
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    Security Improvements

    90% of big data users have seen a decline in security breaches due to big data analytics. They cited declines in malware (50%), insider threats (47%) and social engineering (46%).
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    Stopping Attacks

    84% of big data users have successfully stopped at least one cyber-security attack by using big data.
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    Bigger Investments

    94% plan to invest in big data analytics in the next two years, with planned investments in technology infrastructure (61%), hardware (52%), and business intelligence tools/analytics (52%).
 

Federal agencies that use big data analytics as part of their cyber-security strategy are improving their data security and reducing cyber breaches, according to a survey released by MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on the government information industry, and underwritten by Cloudera, a provider of Apache Hadoop-based software. The majority of survey respondents said they've successfully used big data to stop cyber-attacks and report a decline in security breaches. The report, "Navigating the Cyber-security Equation," finds that 81 percent of the 150 federal IT managers surveyed used big data analytics for cyber-security in some capacity. However, many still face adoption roadblocks, including a shortage of skilled talent, privacy concerns and poor management support, along with data analysis hurdles, ranging from the sheer volume of data to not having the right systems to gather the information they need. Nearly six in 10 agencies face a cyber-security compromise at least once a month due to their inability to analyze the data fully. For security providers, this means agencies need help collecting and analyzing data as part of their cyber-security programs. Here's a look at key survey takeaways.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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