Big data analytics can improve BYOD security

  • January 23, 2013
  • Dan Ford

Bring your own device (BYOD) and business mobile apps came to the forefront of enterprise focus in 2012, and that likely won't change anytime soon. According to a recent Gartner report, mobile technologies were found to be the second-biggest CIO priority in 2013, with cloud computing checking in at No. 3.

"As CIOs continue to amplify the enterprise with digital technologies while improving IT organizational structure, management and governance, 2013 promises to be a year of dual priorities," said Dave Aron, vice president and fellow at​ Gartner.

However, the survey also revealed that CIOs still have significant security concerns - and for good reason. Multiple studies have indicated that cloud-based and mobile applications will likely be the target of hackers for the foreseeable future.

In addition to software like MDM and MAM, big data analytics may soon become a vital BYOD security solutions. A separate report by the RSA projected that within two years, the technology "will disrupt the status quo" in the security field.

The study found that big data analytics can be helpful in a number of ways, particularly fraud detection, network monitoring and identity management. The RSA reported that big data could help with mobile device compliance as well.

About the Author

Dan Ford
Chief Security Officer
Dan has been an information security professional for more than 15 years, and has worked for notable organizations such as XM Radio, Secure Computing, McAfee, Nominum, and Accuvant. He has extensive experience running security programs within the government segment; his most notable role was as Director of Network Security at the Transportation and Security Administration, which was the largest managed service contract within the federal government. Dan joined Fixmo in 2012 to drive security and technology innovation within Fixmo's suite of Mobile Risk Management solutions.

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