21 June, 2013
According to the report ‘Needle in a Datastack’, businesses are vulnerable to security breaches due to their inability to properly analyze or store big data. The ability to detect data breaches within minutes is critical in preventing data loss, yet only 35 percent of firms stated that they have the ability to do this. In fact, more than a fifth (22 percent) said they would need a day to identify a breach, and five percent said this process would take up to a week. On average, organizations reported that it takes 10 hours for a security breach to be recognized.
“If you’re in a fight, you need to know that while it’s happening, not after the fact,” said Mike Fey, executive vice president and worldwide Chief Technology Officer. “This study has shown what we’ve long suspected -- that far too few organizations have real-time access to the simple question ‘am I being breached?’ Only by knowing this, can you stop it from happening.”
To achieve real-time threat intelligence in an age where the volume, velocity and variety of information have pushed legacy systems to their limit, businesses must embrace the analysis, storage and management of big security data. These ever-growing volumes of events, as well as asset, threat, user and other relevant data have created a big data challenge for security teams. To overcome this challenge, successful organizations have moved from traditional data management architectures to systems that are purpose-built to handle security data management in the age of APTs.
With this need to identify complex attacks, organizations should go beyond pattern matching to achieve true risk-based analysis and modeling. Ideally, this approach should be backed by a data management system able to create complex real-time analytics. In addition to the ability to spot threats in real-time, organizations should have the ability to identify potentially sinister long-term trends and patterns. Beyond just finding a ‘needle in a datastack’, organizations should move to a longer time horizon with risk-based context to find the right needle, so they can proactively deal with today’s threats.