LAS VEGAS: Cyber security and preventing the damage hackers can cause to enterprises is a big data problem requiring analytics to solve, according to HP.
Robert Youngjohns, executive vice president and general manager at HP Software, said at HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas that enterprises need to be proactive in uncovering and dealing with security breaches.
"The first thing you have to do is understand what's coming. This is about being proactive, about identifying vulnerabilities and assessing your capabilities," he said.
"One of the most stunning facts about security is that [it takes] over 200 days on average before an enterprise detects that an attacker has got inside the walls.
"This is all about analytics. In fact I'm a firm believer that the whole area of security is going to become a big data problem. It's how you detect that someone has got into your enterprise before they do damage."
Youngjohns explained that analysis of the data flowing across an enterprise's network allows IT and cyber security specialists to detect when a breach has occurred in real time and take action to prevent it from escalating.
He highlighted the use of HP's ArcSight enterprise security management system as a way for enterprises to gain insight into untoward activity in their IT infrastructure.
Mike Nefkens, executive vice president and general manager at HP Enterprise Services, joined Youngjohns in the keynote presentations to explain that cyber security in enterprises requires more than just trying to protect against inevitable security breaches.
"Every day we see how the bad guys are growing up, so we need to get smarter and think more like them," he said.
"We are no longer protecting ourselves against lone hackers. Now we're up against cyber criminals in nation states, highly funded organised groups that are motivated by profit or access to information.
"Today, effective protection requires insight into the nature and motivation of the attacks, but unfortunately most business don't know who's attacking them, why or what they are after."
Nefkens cited HP's recent partnership with FireEye as a means to bolster the the company's capabilities by having access to FireEye's 10 security operations centres across the world that monitor activity on customers' networks to identify cyber threats before they turn into major breaches.
HP is not alone in focusing on analytics to fight cyber threats. EMC recently described big data analytics as the future of cyber security.
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