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Data-Driven Security Reloaded: Summary of Research Findings - Damballa
Date: 04/16/2015 Length: 5 pages Cost: $99.00

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Information security has always been a large producer and consumer of data. More sophisticated best practices and expanding compliance and regulatory requirements have almost exponentially accelerated the production and consumption of data. Event and activity logs have grown to big data proportions and the diversity of data being consumed has become significantly more varied. As a result, traditional log and event management tools and monitoring practices are becoming increasingly insufficient.

To add to this, the success record of maintaining security for an environment is at an all-time low. Executives are being dismissed or forced to resign post breach whether they knew about security issues prior to the breach or not. Threats seems to come from every angle. Not only are attackers consistently probing, but the attacks themselves are more persistent and difficult to block; once a foothold is achieved, detection and removal are also more difficult.

This research summary discusses how both management- and operations-level IT and information security practitioners are impacted by staffing shortages, lack of visibility into their environments, and how they are getting higher fidelity data to provide better context for detection and response to incidents in a world where prevention has often failed. Security analytics tools provide practitioners with a way to meet their actionable threat intelligence needs for an appropriately prioritized, timely response to attacks. Damballa and Enterprise Management Associates have partnered to provide this research, which identified that across the board, 79% of respondents were only "somewhat confident" in to "highly doubtful" of  their ability to detect an important security issue before it had significant impact. In contrast , 95% of the participants using security analytics were between "highly confident" in and "somewhat confident" of their ability to detect similar issues, thus demonstrating that the information security discipline needs next generation analytics capabilities to be successful in the age of advanced and persistent threats.

David Monahan, Former EMA Analyst


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