The term cyberattack or cyber attack — take your pick — describes a range of activities, from stealing protected information (like cardholder or patient data) and intellectual property to malware and large-scale assaults on infrastructure.
Cybersecurity is a multibillion dollar industry.
In cyber security, state-of-the-art systems don’t stay state-of-the-art for long. And today, cyberattacks can be launched by a teenager in the basement of his or her home or by a state-sponsored team of uber hackers. It doesn’t matter. Either can bring down your business.
Moreover, the volume and sophistication of threats are on the rise. Cyber criminals are a crafty and creative bunch. The threat environment has also broadened. It includes many more vectors, not the least of which are IoT devices.
Welcome to the world where your smart toaster used your home’s Wi-Fi network to place a virus on your computer that’s now vacuuming up all your financial information and sending it to Russia. And, although companies often spend a lot of resources preventing traffic from entering their networks, botnet attacks make clear the importance of monitoring outbound traffic.
That’s why it’s so encouraging that our friends at Hortonworks are building a cybersecurity ecosystem on top of their Hortonworks Cybersecurity Platform. Zoomdata is proud to be a part of this effort since data visualization is an important part of modern cyber security defense.
To learn more about the Hortonworks cybersecurity ecosystem, read Hortonworks product manager Simon Elliston Ball’s blog.