The highly sophisticated nature of data breaches has driven organizations to examine increasingly intelligent methods of securing safety mechanisms. Complex parallel business processes function at a high level of dynamism. Therefore they require the most sophisticated context-sensitive analytical mechanisms to ensure safety from cyber threats.

Context-aware security analytics have been a concept of deep reflection since as early as 2002. Cyber threats make data vulnerable to cyber criminals. With the amount of sophistication related to cyber-crime increasing by the day, security has become a priority for safeguarding limitless resources.

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Enterprise IT is evolving into a complicated landscape. They are stretched by cyber threats on one hand and the need to comply with openness for business requirements on the other. Dynamic business environments function optimally based on real-time data for optimal business security decisions in complex IT environments.

The Complicated Nature of Today’s Cyber Threats Demands Intelligent Resolution

The level of intelligence and expertise employed by cyber criminals has become more sophisticated than ever. Adding to the depth of the problem is their ability to evade almost any type of security put in place by organizations. Organizations are constantly generating digital resources that need protection. However, their security protocols still need sophistication and optimal positioning so as to ensure timely mitigation of security threats, even before they happen.

Most organizations suffer from unplanned losses in terms of financial and digital resources. Research reveals an average 80 days of malicious attack discovery and 123 days of resolution (as per survey results from Ponemon institute). Therefore, organizations need systematized processes to clearly state policies and protocols that will help them respond directly to the security event.

Businesses Need Dynamic, Analytical Context Sensitive Environments to Mitigate Security Attacks

Gartner points out that context-aware and adaptive security are smart ways for intelligent infrastructures as opposed to legacy firewalls and endpoint protection.  This means that any form of hard coding or static policies are recommended to be replaced by systems that can make the best use of real-time context sensitive information.

An adaptive IT infrastructure is highly recommended in the present business environment. The philosophy behind security has changed to accommodate network metadata and align it closely with variables including time, place and identity information, with the goal of preventing security breaches.

In this context, big data has a vital role to execute. By providing the necessary intelligence required for applying informed decisions it can help mitigate security attacks. Security analytics in its broader sense acts as an invaluable tool for detecting the possibility of data crimes at an early stage. It also lays down the groundwork for defense mechanisms that guarantee prevention of damage:

  • Security analytics are invaluable tools that help security teams analyze and predict the nature and danger posed by a threat. Moreover, they also help resolve it within a very short time span.
  • Root cause analysis of the cyber threat is greatly simplified based on timely availability of network-wide context-sensitive information.
  • Data can be secured from infiltration attacks even after the breach has been executed. This can be done by enabling discovery of critical information pertaining to the exact cause of the security breach.
  • Enabling context-aware security analytics in order to effectively deal with cyber threats is beneficial. It empowers agile organizations to mitigate the attack without the need for additional third-party expertise for cyber security.

Organizations are investing in increasingly complicated network infrastructures, owing to cloud computing and the Internet of Things taking center stage. This type of highly connected network infrastructure requires a high degree of visibility to execute a policy of comprehensive protection. Organizations need to push their security strategy to realize the dual benefits of a quick response system coupled with visibility at all levels. This will also save them millions of dollars lost in data breaches.