Big Data Helps Government Agencies With IT Security
A Cloudera survey finds that 81 percent of federal agencies are using big data analytics for cyber-security in some capacity, but breaches are still occurring.Federal cyber-security is drowning in data, but big data analytics may be the key to unlocking data and charting a more secure future, according to a report conducted by MeriTalk and sponsored by Cloudera. The survey found that 81 percent of federal employees say their agency is using big data analytics for cyber-security in some capacity. However, breaches continue to afflict agencies, with 59 percent of respondents noting their agency deals with a cyber-security compromise at least once a month due to its inability to fully analyze data. "The survey indicated an enormous increase in usage of big data analytics for cyber-security from 2013 to present day," Rocky DeStefano, subject matter expert at Cloudera, told eWEEK. "This was a big surprise, since a huge change in adoption over a relatively short period of time indicates real-life production success of these programs. This fact is further validated by the participants indicating that 90 percent had seen a reduction in breaches and 84 percent were able to thwart an attack using these cyber-security analytic tools. To me, this shows that these organizations are finding value even at the earliest stages of deployment."
However, 88 percent of respondents face challenges drawing cyber-security intelligence from data, with the top challenge being the sheer volume of cyber-security data—respondents estimate more than 40 percent of their data goes unanalyzed.