Big data is proving a powerful tool in companies’ never-ending struggle to keep data and networks secure.
Big data, or more specifically data analytics, allows vast amounts of information from disparate sources and often in different formats to be analysed for patterns and anomalies.
Gartner predicts that, by 2016, 25 per cent of large global companies will have adopted big data analytics for cyber security or fraud detection, up from 8 per cent today.
Avivah Litan, vice-president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said enterprises could achieve significant savings in time and money by using big data analytics to stop crime and security infractions. They should achieve a positive return on investment within the first six months of implementation, which she said was too big to ignore.