Analysis of big data in real time provides a granularity of insight into normal network behaviour, allowing earlier identification of abnormal behaviour.

Connecting more devices to the internet is increasing the attack surface for hackers, but delegates at a techUK briefing in London yesterday were told that the sheer volume of new data generated by ever more data sources also presents opportunities for big data analytics to provide a more granular look at what activity is normal – and thus identify abnormal behaviour earlier.