If you have experienced no such activity then you are either lucky or oblivious. In case you have delayed securing your network then you are vulnerable to Cyber Trespassing. From an organisational standpoint, putting in place firewalls and anti-virus is fine, but they do not ensure unfailing security.I am not talking about conventional trespassing, I am talking about cyber trespassing. Can you recall someone invaded your network? Here are some likely clues your network has been trespassed (or you may even use clichéd term ‘hacked’).
Internet is a gateway to achieve jaw-dropping scale – it holds true for both ethical as well as unethical users. As technology advances, BYOD/CYOD attain more acceptance – the ways of barging into secured network are getting sophisticated. As we go online, big data talks happen over business strategy and analytical circles, leak of this could be a real threat to businesses.
While the dimensions such threats can achieve cannot be quantified, here are two important possible routes of cyber trespassing in the age of Big Data.
- The People Connect
If one individual is added into a system, it brings considerable overall change in identity related algorithm.
Multiple devices – Smartphones, PCs, Laptops and Tablets…..
Multiple presence – Email IDs, social networks, E-banking account, E-shopping membership……
People become individual nodes that produce a constant stream of data that may or may not be of threat to business. But it surely is a backdoor for thieves who rely on identity loops left unattended. As internet supported devices become implanted into our everyday lives, we need to be secure. With application culture catching up fast, devices act as data gathering engines and stream huge chunks of data to a central depository. A device connected to internet without any password protection could be the weakest link threatening data security of all the channels it connects with.
- The Process Flow
With more acceptance to newer technological support systems reaching to individual user, cloud based services, interactions across various touch-points are going to expand. Defining who avails access to what through an automated structure and defined process can save you a lot of headache. The technological evolution, method of interaction, communication & analysis process and related progressions will need to automate explosive growth in connections. Safeguarding the process flow can minimize the chances of access from a new device or a new location. Allow relevant access to each party logging on to organisation applications and ensuring a automated corporate governance process.
Going forward organisations need to create a scalable intelligent network that touches everything possible link through a dynamic and automated system. IAM makes room for automation and putting policy based controls in place, no matter what the size of data it serves. Clean up of the access list, establish access policy assigned to buckets of users and manage privileged users. As the number of users we deal in increase, the interplay of big data and identity management is inevitable. Please pay a visit to the back door, and you may be in need to put a big strong lock on it.