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July/August 2011

Striving for better information security intelligence

Getting a handle on “big data” has become a priority for every aspect of business, and information security is no exception. The number and variety of threats and vulnerabilities have exploded in recent years. Add in the challenges of managing exposure in complex IT environments, and the burden on security organizations just to stay abreast of it all can be overwhelming. Yet security’s own data deluge also conceals tremendous potential, for in this mass of information is the evidence that could help businesses better understand the reality of their security posture and manage risk more effectively. How can security teams turn big data from a threat into an opportunity? This is the objective of security intelligence, a term that is undergoing a re-definition on multiple levels. As the number and variety of potentially rich data sources has expanded, security professionals are striving to develop disciplines and expertise that yield more actionable intelligence. Security technologies also are turning to more dynamic data sources ...

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