Applying a Data Centric Approach to the Future

By AMAG Technology, Senior Vice President of Sales, Kurt TakahashiKurt Takahashi_photo

According to Gartner, the Cyber Security market will reach over $100B by 2018. According to IDC, growth will occur: 10% Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), 10% Threat Intelligence, 18% Mobile Security and 50% in Cloud Security.  As the security industry  continues trending towards  managed and cloud services, how will  companies stay ahead of the constant barrage of  Cyber and physical security threats?

The vastly untapped data compiled by physical security systems, like access control, video surveillance, incident management and burglar alarm systems have a story to tell about any  individual’s usual behavior. Certain deviations from those norms should be of absolute concern for security professionals.  For example, why is one person entering a restricted area several times a day or at strange hours?  Is the person just having a busy day? Or is there something else going on? When correlating someone’s physical  behavior patterns with their logical activities, one can change how we interpret an individual’s intentions. We can suddenly see threats that are easily overlooked in separate cyber and physical worlds as valid concerns when they are viewed together.

When the outsider threats are blocked, the next step is to find an insider to achieve results.  Analysis of cyber security and physical security will allow companies to identify early warning signs of internal and external threats.  

How do you do that?

The only true way to address risk is to manage people and the systems they use. Organizations must analyze their data not only to better secure their business, but to make better business decisions and manage business requirements.

An organization must determine what systems and data should be analyzed.  It could be an access control system, computer log-in system, HR system, or building system. Or all of them!

Funneling that data to a single dashboard will provide a data centric approach that will help identify behaviors and manage risk to create a safer environment.  A dashboard will streamline business operations showing all relevant data in one place, narrowing the gap between physical and cyber security and help predict behavior and patterns.

End users who can predict behavior via a data centric approach based on analysis from system intelligence will better mitigate risk, save money and improve their bottom line.

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