Threats from data loss, data breach, and data theft have become more sophisticated and dangerous over time. Ransomware is only the most recent headline-grabbing example of morphing malware. “Signature-based” anti-malware approaches are no longer sufficient to hold back the threat. New, behavioral analytics techniques are needed to identify and respond to these morphing threats.
Behavioral analytics help IT to identify anomalies occurring in their organizations over time. By gathering large amounts of meta data associated with data creation, data movement, and data sharing, it is possible for IT to identify threats and respond accordingly. Dan Woods rightly identifies in his recent Forbes article, behavioral analytics is key in tackling the challenges surrounding network security. As we look to endpoint data protection, a similar adoption of advanced techniques are needed.
As recently published in Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Incident Report, the unfortunate reality is that many threats are internal threats. For IT security professionals, it is increasingly important to know where data originates, how data moves, and how data is shared. For example, you have an employee moving a large amount of corporate data from their laptop to their private cloud sync and share service. This employee is a potential flight risk. This employee is a potential data breach risk. Corporate data governance needs to know and respond accordingly. New tools, such as Datacastle Analytics, are needed to tackle these threats.
Behavioral analytics requires real computing horsepower. For a large organization, the shear amount of data, meta data and “many to many” relationships that exist requires large storage and intensive computing requirements. Behavioral analytics is ideally suited as a cloud-based solution. At Datacastle, we initially partnered with Microsoft and their extensive capabilities and investments in Azure, Cortana analytics, and artificial intelligence. It is an exciting time to be a Microsoft Gold Data Platform Partner working to tackle these complex and rewarding challenges.
To learn more about how Datacastle is applying analytics to solve investigative, compliance, and security challenges, please go to datacastlered.com/products/analytics to learn more.