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Data Analytics and Cybersecurity

Malware attacks continue to increase in both volume and complexity around the world, leaving companies to search for new and innovative ways to protect one of their most valuable assets-their data. Big data analytics can be one of the most effective tools used to not only prevent cyber-attacks, but also to detect and respond to them. If it’s used accordingly, then the data can help identify anomalies in device behavior, identify anomalies in employee and contractor behavior, detect anomalies in the network, and even assess network vulnerabilities and risks.

Employee System Monitoring Program

Insiders initiate a growing number of cyber-attacks, so establishing an employee system monitoring program that relies on big data analytics is essential to protecting any organization from employee-related breaches. Thus, it’s encouraged for companies to limit the access to sensitive information only to staff that are authorized to access it. System administrators can also mitigate potential threats via providing every employee different login credentials based upon their respective job descriptions and responsibilities to the business.

Intrusion Detection System (IDS)

Because it monitors all the traffic on certain segments that may have malicious intent or traffic, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) can also be used as another precaution to combat cyber-attacks. They rely heavily on big data analytics to provide all the necessary information required for the monitoring of a company’s network. Experts suggest using IDS when conducting all systems that are accessed through the internet, plus those that are mission-critical to the business.

Increased Demand for Cyber Security Teams

The demand for data scientists is predicted to soar in the foreseeable future, due to the scale of data that needs to be processed and analyzed in order to prevent cyber-attacks. But, many companies are struggling to find qualified candidates for data science and analyst jobs. So, they are starting to partner with professional executive recruiters that already have access to the top-level candidates. Some other useful strategies for increasing security around big data are:

  1. Reviewing monitor logs on a frequent basis.
  2. Securing all open source software.
  3. Collaborating with industry experts to create industry standards and share best practices.

Regardless of who you hire for your cyber security team, it’s all but impossible to achieve flawless network security. The unfortunate odds are that most organizations already have significant amounts of malware within their networks. But, landing the best candidates can help you discover where that malware lies, and contain the damage from spreading and compromising the data of your business.


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