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Cyber Defense Solutions: Tips and Curiosities

Expert.ai Team - 13 February 2017

Cyber Defense Solutions Tips and Curiosities – Today’s cyber threats are becoming increasingly difficult to defend against, even for the strongest cyber defense solutions available. Digital innovation, connected products and devices (known as the Internet of Things), financial crises in an ever-changing regulatory environment, and digital attacks and other cyber crimes are just a few of the forces impacting organizations in every industry. This includes the public sector, which requires national cyber defense solutions, to private companies in finance, manufacturing, energy and utilities etc.

Not surprisingly, cyber security, which includes cyber defense solutions, is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. The Cybersecurity Market Report estimates that it will hit $170 billion by 2020, up from $75 billion in 2015 and $3.5 billion in 2004. As a result, today the worldwide spending on cybersecurity and cyber defense solutions is predicted to reach $1 trillion in five years, from 2017 to 2021. In response, significant progress has been made to strengthen organizations’ internal cybersecurity capabilities (Path to cyber resilience: Sense, resist, react, EY’s 19th Global Information Security Survey 2016-2017.)

How can we improve cyber defense by leveraging data in a timely manner?

As organizations work in an increasingly open and interconnected world, and threats are constantly changing the cyber defense landscape, a more effective data management and intelligence process help analysts and businesses strike the most appropriate balance between risks, opportunities and benefits.

In fact, data is one of an organization’s most strategic assets and in this scenario, data analytics can effectively support cyber defense strategies by turning data into useful information (intelligence) needed to support more effective decision-making processes.

The problem is that the management of unstructured data remains one of the main issues in knowledge management. When it comes to texts that are unstructured and expressed in natural language such as news, articles, web pages, blog posts and comments, social media information streams, researches, reports, common technology and tools have fallen short in transforming this into actionable intelligence.

More intelligent capabilities are necessary, as well as a new approach that is successful in transforming unstructured information into intelligence.

Bringing text analytics and cognitive computing to cyber defense

As a basic requirement for unstructured data is that it needs to be understandable and findable. Advanced text analytics capabilities make this possible, and play a key role in responding to today’s new cyber threats by making sense of unstructured information.

Organizations are increasingly leveraging cognitive computing based on semantic technology to analyze and mitigate cyber risks. Thanks to the ability to find and monitor reliable information sources, cognitive cyber security and cyber intelligence software comprehend and correlate data in the most accurate and complete way. This allows users to and leverage any and all available strategic data for actionable intelligence.

To learn more about cognitive intelligence, visit Expert System’s Cyber Security Software Solutions website section.