Big data aids in federal fight against cyber attacks: report

By Erin Ayers on September 14, 2016

Federal government agencies plagued by security breaches say they now look to big data analytics for insight into how better to protect themselves and the information they must safeguard, according to a new survey and report from MeriTalk.
“Agencies face a perfect storm of cybersecurity threats,” said Steve O’Keeffe, founder of MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on governmental cybersecurity. “When you’re headed into troubled waters, you need a weather forecast. Big data provides agencies with the visibility to ensure they don’t end up the river without a paddle.”

The survey, conducted with Cloudera, of 150 federal cybersecurity professionals showed that 81 percent use big data to guide their cybersecurity decisions in some way – 53 percent use it throughout their strategy and 28 percent use it in a more limited capacity. The study showed that 84 percent of respondents saw an improvement in their abilities to defend against cyber attacks. They also reported continued challenges, such as an overwhelming amount of data, shortages of skilled personnel, and privacy concerns.

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Erin is an editor at Advisen. She has 15 years of journalism experience. Prior to Advisen, Erin covered property-casualty insurance for 13 years as editor-in-chief of The Standard, New England’s Insurance Weekly. Erin is based in Boston, Mass. Contact Erin at eayers@advisen.com.