We have reached a state of data overload. Not too long ago “big data” just seemed like a buzz word thrown around to scare people into needing more tools to digest and consume the data overload within the organization.

Now, big data has taken over our lives and our security organizations. Just from a security iStock_000020063237_Fullperspective, there are over 700,000 known vulnerabilities in the world, millions of access relationships within your organization and over 25 billion internet records being shared daily. We are practically drowning in massive amounts of data that spits out at us every day with no real meaning. What’s worse? The data only means something in its own silo. Even when your data gets broken down into reports that give you more context into what it says, the reports don’t talk to each other. Instead of having one list with all of your immediate issues on it, you have three or more lists that you have to try and put together. We call this the “swivel defense.”

With alerts going off all day across multiple systems, you’re constantly swiveling your chair from one screen to another to try and keep all of the highest risks at bay. What kind of risks are these? Are they real risks or regulatory risks? Again, with so many reports and so much information, how many of these threats need to be patched in order to remain compliant and how many need to be patched in order to stay secure? We know you have a large, complex IT stack with cloud and shadow IT adding more challenges for security iStock_000048464426_Fulland you have several security tools that all provide great point solution capabilities, but they don’t talk to each other and have built up artificial barriers within your security organizations creating silos that keep your data from telling you more.

There is never going to be enough time and resources for your organization because attackers are getting faster and more sophisticated. They are able to devote all of their time and resources into compromising our data so that we are quickly outnumbered and seeing attacks that happen across our systems is impossible with the barriers that have been built up between the security solutions. How do you solve this issue of too much data and not enough time, resources, or visibility? Actionable Insight. The reality is that the IT stack is going to continue to get more complicated with new and emerging applications and devices, and there will rarely ever be enough time or enough resources to fully combat the problem as the adversaries are moving faster and have more scale and resources than we do. It’s difficult for us to change the complexity of the IT stack because we, as security professionals, do not want to be labeled as preventing the business from moving forward, so we are often left with no choice but to support business enablement while focusing on risk mitigation which makes our jobs harder.

We can try to garner more support and investment to justify more resources but that is often out of our control. Actionable Insight enables security professionals to interpret, prioritize, and act on data rather than sifting through countless spreadsheets and meaningless alerts. To learn more about Actionable Insight and how it can help give you a clear view of your network, download Chapter 1 of our new eBook, The Actionable Insight Platform, and be on the look out for new chapters weekly as we dive into the platform and show you how to best secure your vulnerability, access, and network device risks.