The things that make big data what it is – high velocity, variety, and volume – make it a challenge to defend. And it presents a tempting target for potential attackers.
But big data technologies are also being used to help cybersecurity, since many of the same tools and approaches can be used to collect log and incident data, process it quickly, and spot suspicious activity.
More Data, More Brains
“Modern cybersecurity solutions are mostly driven by big data,” said Bogdan Botezatu, senior threat analyst at Bitdefender.
To start with, all the major anti-virus and endpoint protection vendors, as well as network security and firewall providers, train their systems on the massive volumes of malware and known attack paths that they have collected.
With millions of samples, security vendors can train their systems to recognize known attacks but also identify patterns that allow them to spot attacks that have never been seen before.
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