Big Data Enables Efficient Cyber Defense

This is the fourth in a series of five brief summaries about cyber security strategy in the Asia Pacific region.

Many enterprises in the Asia Pacific region are still running dated systems and technologies that are highly vulnerable to cyber attacks. The general lack of security expertise and low adoption of risk management technologies put them at a disadvantage when combating a cyber assault because they are trying to meet 21st century attacks with 20th century defenses.

Countries in the Asia Pacific region need to engage aggressively with emerging technologies, using them as a shield against cyber criminals. For example, big data can be harnessed to monitor risks, bad actors, and the global "cyber weather" in a way that individual attackers will find hard to match.

The value of big data will only grow as instrumentation becomes more ubiquitous and intelligent, as part of the Internet of Things. Virtualization and the cloud can allow for better resource management and resistance to things like distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. Even older technologies like encryption will remain powerful defensive tools.