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Report: Federal Agencies Explore Big Data to Solve Cybersecurity Issues

big dataA report based on conversations with 18 government information technology experts has revealed that federal agencies are turning to developments in big data technology to address cybersecurity issues, InformationWeek reported Monday.

Elena Malykhina writes representatives from the Government Accountability Office, Department of Homeland Security, Food and Drug Administration, General Services Administration and NASA were cited in the MeriTalk report entitled, “Balancing the Cyber Big Data Equation.”

The report recommends continuous monitoring and advanced analytics to scale the security needs of the network, as agencies adopt virtual desktop infrastructures, private cloud and other services as part of big data initiatives.

Malykhina writes data analytics technology as well as big data and security infrastructures continue to evolve, eventually developing an intelligent analytics engine that can make decisions on inquiries and threat alerts.

Other key recommendations in the Northrop Grumman-underwritten report include the creation of an enterprise information architecture strategy for both big data and cybersecurity and data analytics risk level classification and mitigation.

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