According to a survey published today of 706 IT and IT security practitioners in financial services, manufacturing and government asked about "big data analytics in cyber defense," 56% said they were aware of some of it and 61% thought it could be used to solve "pressing security issues." 35% said their organizations used some type of data analytics already to detect anomalous and potentially malicious traffic from entering their networks.
The "Big Data Analytics and Cyber Defense" survey, sponsored by Teradata and conducted by Ponemon Institute, indicated financial services industry had a higher level of interest and awareness about the potential than manufacturing or government.
Many said they'd like to see big data analytics used for security by combining knowledge gained through anti-malware, anti-DDoS, SIEM, content-aware firewalls, intrusion-prevention systems, Web applications firewalls and more. However, IT and security managers may have a big struggle ahead to convince upper management and others it's worth it. The survey notes, "there is a significant difference in how the value is perceived by others in the organization. Less than half (47 percent) of respondents believe their organization considers big data analytics in cyber defense as very important."
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