As the world of connected devices rapidly expands, cyberthreats continue to be a significant concern. The latest tool in the multi-pronged approach to address this issue is big data technology, which is helping to identify and prevent cyberattacks.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, which works in conjunction with the U.S. intelligence community, plans to leverage its researchers to utilize a combination of big data, publicly available data, predictive analytics, machine learning and other tools to identify potential cyberattacks several days before they strike. And, according to the White House report, “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values,” the plan by the Homeland Security Department to strengthen cybersecurity for federal agencies entails implementing big data analytics.
In addition, recent Gartner analysis reveals that large global companies are expected to increasingly embrace big data analytics for security or fraud detection, growing from today’s estimated 8 percent to 25 percent by 2016. An article appearing in Forbes also notes that Intel is utilizing big data analytics via a system called “threat intelligence exchange (TIE)” to enhance security, while IBM is merging its QRadar Security Intelligence with big data platforms to “expose threats and suspicious activity hidden amidst the noise of millions of routine events.”
General Motors (GM) is another example of a company currently working to safeguard the data associated with its fast-growing fleet of Internet-connected cars. Timothy R. Nixon, chief technology officer of Global Connected Consumer Experience at GM, explained, “We are taking a multi-faceted approach to in-vehicle cybersecurity and designing vehicle systems so that they can be updated with enhanced security measures as potential threats evolve.”
Dialogue remains key to developing integrated efforts to combat cybersecurity concerns, and USTelecom is actively engaged on this front. On March 6, the association will host its fifth event in an ongoing series of national cybersecurity policy forums. “Cyber Landscape – Gaining Traction or Falling Behind?” will feature a keynote address by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and presentations by Ari Schwartz, senior director for cybersecurity at the White House, and Adam Sedgewick, senior information technology policy advisor for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Two related panel discussions will follow that address future cybersecurity challenges and provide perspectives on aligning government and industry interests, among other key topics. Registration is open and the event will be available for viewing live online and on-demand following the presentation.