Scaling Big Data Security Analytics with Network Packet Brokers
August 22, 2013
We live in the age of big data. Companies want to capture information so they can build out the necessary business intelligence to dominate their respective markets. At the same time, much of this data is related to specific customers, which makes it sensitive. If this data were to fall into the wrong hands, significant problems for the company could result. Such a scenario may be more common as network traffic rapidly increases and network probes with their own storage proliferate.
The network packet broker is often brought in to help offset this risk, especially as network traffic continues to increase. Leading enterprises are identifying effective ways to scale access to this traffic to effectively enable visibility and data retention for security analytics tools. These tools, provided by the network packet broker, help to generate the information and feedback needed on a broader scale.
These tools also address critical performance and security functions, as highlighted in a recent VSS Monitoring post. Known as network intelligence tools, they serve as the central nervous system for the IP networks available today. The challenge for the supporting organization is to control the CAPEX and OPEX, make use of and maintain any tools already in place and effectively manage the network, regardless of its size or complexity.
When examining the security of the network from a broad view, the analytics captured are only as effective as the accessible data. Scaling this access according to the rapid growth in network traffic is a consistent challenge. At the same time, it’s one that must be overcome to provide the visibility and data retention necessary for security analytics. Network packet brokers help the organization solve these challenges, while also minimizing the impact on CAPEX and OPEX.
Network packet brokers decouple network access from the security analytics architecture, while also providing visibility into encrypted traffic flows. Network traffic flows are groomed to optimize the security analytics architecture and spooled to external data storage for post-processing at a scalable level. Enterprises leverage the network packet broker to future-proof security investments while also deploying a solution that will meet their current market demands.
Working with VSS, companies can easily optimize and scale the connections between network switches and security and performance tools to eliminate complex and inefficient methods. This allows global telecom providers to make optimal use of their tools and realize a higher ROI, as cost savings are greater and accelerated. VSS makes this happen with its IntelliScale Architecture.
Using this approach, security teams gain access to the effective threat detection and faster security investigation tools they need to eliminate threats and ensure safe operation. When tools to do this can be loaded onto the network automatically, the burden of monitoring and safe operation is shifted so that key players can focus on business initiatives. When this happens, the business is better equipped for success.
Edited by Blaise McNamee