Mike Lloyd, Chief Technology Officer at Redseal Networks, provided details about how an organization can effectively utilize big data for security analytics during his presentation at the 2013 Chief Information Security Officer Leadership Forum in Chicago on Nov. 14. In his presentation, "Making Security Analytics Real: Using Big Data Methods for Security," Lloyd noted that big data can be used to improve security within an organization.
According to Lloyd, big data can help an organization identify security trends. Because big data can provide a wealth of information, Lloyd stated that an organization can learn a lot about its security if it understands the true value of big data. However, an organization must understand how big data can allow it to study security problems and fix them quickly: "We can’t just grab other people’s big data analytics tools and say, 'Okay, I’ll use those because then I’ll get the trend information out.' ... You want to know about the oddball effects."
To optimize the value of big data for security analytics, Lloyd said that an organization should craft a security analytics plan. By understanding exactly how big data for security analytics will work, Lloyd said, an organization can make the most of all of the tools at its disposal and protect itself against a wide variety of dangers: "When we think about big data, when we think about security analytics, we need to be thinking about how can we get a picture of what we’re doing. How can we get a picture of our own defenses and what the bad guys are doing about it?"