Cybersecurity: A Big Data Problem

Big data comes in all shapes and sizes and managing data always requires a secure approach. A well-executed cybersecurity program closely resembles a big data problem in the challenges it creates.


How does data volume, velocity and complexity impact the ability to do cyber? How can an agency’s infrastructure get in the way of cybersecurity? And what is the greatest inhibitor to cyber?


With a fractured infrastructure, an agency is plagued with a slow response time. If they are dealing in siloes, they are unable to share the data in a flexible, open manner. And if the infrastructure is not capable of dealing with this large amount of data, then even the best laid plans do not amount to anything.


There are several issues impacting data within cybersecurity environments, but in order to combat these cybersecurity issues, an agency needs an infrastructure that is:


  • Open– Cyber security is a highly dynamic environment. New tools and techniques are constantly emerging and organizations want to adopt these as quickly as possible. However, proprietary software and file systems increase costs and prevent agencies from using their data however they want. The best approach is to be open – being able to store the data as quickly and efficiently as possible and having access to it using any available protocol. Having an open approach will allow agencies to use the data in unique ways. And this will lead to new discoveries for the entire industry.
  • Flexible– Being open and flexible go hand in hand. Once the data is stored in a non-proprietary format, agencies can begin to create highly dynamic environments. This means they can non-disruptively add or remove performance and capacity to meet the requirements of the mission. All this is possible in an open and flexible environment. Agencies need enough flexibility and capacity to handle data volume, velocity and complexity.
  • Best of Breed– At the end of the day, technology providers want to offer customers the best of breed solutions to solve their cyber security challenges. To do this, look for companies that partner with other best of breed companies at every layer of the stack in order to provide an infrastructure that can handle any workload, no matter the shape or size. 


Let’s move away from siloed, proprietary solutions and towards open, flexible environments.


Lee Vorthman, Cyber Practice Lead, NetApp U.S. Public Sector


Hear more from Lee Vorthman next week at the DGI Cyber Security Conference and Expo