How big data can protect infrastructure

Here are some of the ways that the big data revolution can help you keep your digital secrets safe from prying eyes

13Dec

The rise of the information age has brought with it an intense demand for near-constant data analysis, as a constant flow of verifiable and relevant digital information is now the lifeblood of the contemporary economy. Despite the fact that data has taken on a role of unprecedented importance in economic, political, and social affairs little attention is being paid to the way that it can be harnessed to protect existing digital infrastructure. Far too many proponents are instead caught up talking about the ways that big data can make money.

More than making us money, however, big data will help us save it by protecting our crucial digital infrastructure. Here are some of the ways that the big data revolution can help you keep your digital secrets safe from prying eyes.

Our digital infrastructure is vulnerable like never before

The most important reason we need to start analyzing the ways that big data can help protect our digital infrastructure is the simple fact that today's dizzying digital network that keeps us all connected is more vulnerable than it's ever been before. As the digital web of connections that interlinks disparate economic and social actors grows more complex, it also grows more open to potential intrusions and exploitations by nefarious third parties. Thus, we need a modern way of protecting our digital infrastructure and the beloved internet services we've all come to rely upon.

Enter the big data revolution, which can help equip IT experts with the tools they need to keep prying eyes out in the cold where they belong. If you look at the top digital infrastructure trends over the past few years, they all routinely point towards the same thing; the rise of more complex hybrid and cloud computing systems that will present new challenges to security professionals. The staggering growth of the IoT hasn't just supercharged the role of data but has also given hackers new and innovative ways to breach contemporary networks and cripple crucial digital infrastructure.


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Even the US military is beginning to enlist the help of IT and data gurus to help them protect the nation's critical infrastructure, which is regularly inundated with outside probes trying to find a weak spot to penetrate our nation's defenses. The way that big data advancements help us achieve digital security is quite simple; by both providing experts with additional and more pertinent information related to security breaches and by assisting in the development of clever algorithms, contemporary big data analytics programs are cutting security costs while patching holes in our defenses.

How we can keep our data safe?

If innovations in the realm of big data are going to help us protect our critical digital infrastructure, then we need to keep our data analytics operations safe and sound. Securing huge swathes of data and making sure that all the information within is relevant and useful is not easy, but private actors and governments alike are finally coming around to the task. The three V's of big data – volume, velocity, and variety – are the main focus of most big data gurus in this day and age.

Most IT experts trying to leverage the power of big data to secure digital infrastructure understand that the volume of data they need access to has to be truly colossal, which is why it is so important for private businesses and government actors alike to freely share their data in a transparent fashion. Indeed, many experts are beginning to argue that the future of big data lies in collaboration, as only by working together can private actors secure their sources of information and guarantee that their often-shared digital infrastructure is not crippled.

Whether the great dilemma over data sharing versus data collaboration will lead to organizations transparently sharing their information remains to be seen, but it is clear that more people are taking digital security seriously now than ever before. In some cities, like Boston, businesses involved in big data are required to present an action plan for protecting infrastructure. This is a notable trend, because far too many data breaches and lackluster IT security practices have been sparked by a general inability or unwillingness to invest heavily in protective data measures. Far too many businesses are looking at big data only as a way to make money, whereas in reality investing heavily in it to protect yourself is where the real key to its potential lies.

The digital market is essentially defined by continuous innovation, so we will likely see abrupt shakeups to the big data industry sooner rather than later. Regardless of what future developments occur, however, it should be clear to see that hoarding information and running a smooth data analytics operation is essential towards maintaining your critical digital infrastructure. Do not trick yourself into thinking that big data is a mere buzzword – the leveraging of data analytics operations to keep your company's proprietary information safe is one of the most important secrets to success in the 21st century economy. 

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