Why analyzing your data can help protect it

Posted by Justin Hesser on September 19, 2013

Big data has helped us gain insights about every important area of our business. Analyzing information can help us determine how to communicate with customers and if we should implement any amendments to standard operations. It can also determine if there are any risks in our systems that could potentially compromise the integrity of the organization.

Cyber security is an increasingly big concern in today's always-connected information age. The digitization of our data has made it vulnerable for cyber attacks. As systems designed to store and protect information evolve, so do criminals who find new ways to infiltrate advanced security solutions. 

So what does a company do to protect its information? It takes that data and uses it as a weapon to fight cyber crime. Gaining insights into vulnerabilities and the activity of individuals your company interacts with can go a long way toward stopping any threat of a security breach. 

An article in the Tech Republic examines the rise of big data and the increased criminal activity to complement it. While companies understand information security is even more important given the volume of today's information, organizations that implement solutions to quickly and effectively analyze that data can make considerable strides against cyber crime.

"As big data continues to be a game-changer for businesses, the security risks become even greater," the article says. "Users are becoming alarmed about how much data is being collected, with whom the data is being shared and how it is being used. There is a clear need for better engagement among key stakeholders and joined-up thinking throughout organizations, from the Chief Marketing Officer's office to the IT department, with the adoption of clear guidelines and best practice on the usage, storage and transfer of data both inside and outside the business."

Fighting cyber crime requires quick action and the optimization of resources. If companies can't quickly find the information they are looking for, or if it isn't presented in a way that lends itself to easy analysis, fighting cyber crime will be difficult. Building a custom database software system will provide organizations with the tools they need to both better protect information and use it to strengthen their efforts against cyber criminals. FileMaker development can help alleviate the risks associated with growing data because systems made this way are flexible and can adjust to accommodate new needs.