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June 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 5

Big data analytics: New patterns emerge for security

The Boston Marathon bombings offer a stark reminder of the failings of big data and security, namely intelligence agencies inabilities to connect the dots—before and after the April 15 attacks. The lack of information sharing across organizations and business units, or awareness that a particular data set even exists, is a common problem. Big data analytics can help solve this dilemma, according to its proponents, and provide data intelligence that detects suspicious patterns and potential threats by expanding the definition of security data to all parts of the business. Intelligence-driven security fueled by big data analytics will disrupt several infosec product segments in the next two years, according to executives at RSA, the security division of EMC. “With the pervasiveness of big data touching everything we do,” said Arthur Coviello, Jr., EMC executive vice president and chairman of the RSA security division, during his RSA keynote in February, “our attack surface is about to be altered and expand, and our risks magnified...

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