Cybersecurity has moved front and center in technology, business, academic, and government communities. Inadequate threat protection has the potential of bringing operations to a halt, and cyber investments consume increasing portions of available IT and operating budgets.
The U.S. Federal government’s cyber focus is growing. In fact, the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget invests $19 billion in overall Federal resources for cybersecurity to support a broad-based cybersecurity strategy for securing the Government. And, the Department of Defense has requested a 16 percent year over year increase in their cyber budget to help the U.S. Cyber Command mature in operational readiness. As a result, operational demand for innovative and efficient solutions is growing rapidly and ranks as a top priority.
Intelligent Data Storage (IDS) plays an important role, as I discussed in a recent article. IDS contributes to cyber resiliency – which is the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions, and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.
And, as agencies wrestle with cyber big data, “data lakes” – a new data storage paradigm – provide the infrastructure to manage the volume of cyber data and reduce information silos. A data lake offers scale out storage for data consolidation (structured and unstructured data), and enables in-place big data analytics.
MeriTalk, the Government IT Network, validated the importance of these proactive, data-driven capabilities, surveying more than 300 Federal, state and local cybersecurity professionals in March of 2015. Their research shows that 86% of Federal cyber leaders believe big data analytics would significantly improve their cyber defenses, and 61% of IT managers say they could better detect an ongoing security breach by leveraging big data analytics.
This is exactly the type of cybersecurity big data analytics scenario where IDS capabilities – or Software-Defined Storage (SDS), can help – recognizing the flexibility, automation, and efficiency of storage when hardware can be separated from, and controlled by, the software.
My recent article in The National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) addresses research and innovative data-driven IDS capabilities – such as EMC’s Isilon and various EMC SDS solutions – that contribute to cybersecurity resiliency functional areas.
The intent and focus of this paper is to enhance awareness, discussion, and interaction to stimulate innovation and accelerate the transition and creative technology application of IDS/SDS capabilities that contribute to data-driven cybersecurity solutions.
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