Chinese firm, Huawei, this month unveiled its plans to leverage big data in order to boost security in cloud computing environments and beyond. This encompasses not only data centres but also the remote devices which rely on them to provide a range of software and storage services.
APT (advanced persistent threat) attacks that might otherwise compromise an entire cloud solution are targeted by the firm’s solution, with end to end protection ensuring that this type of operating environment is much safer for businesses and consumers alike.
This solution is being developed in response to the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), which spokesperson, Liu Lizhu, said not only creates many opportunities but brings with it a range of previously unforeseen security risks that have to be addressed.
Without encryption in place, almost three quarters of IoT devices remain vulnerable to exploitation. And since these devices intrinsically rely on the cloud to bolster their capabilities, a big data solution to the threats is seen as being the most efficient and powerful one available.
Orchestrated DDoS attacks, powered by malicious botnets that are often available to cybercriminals to hire for whatever actions they have planned, can also be counteracted through the power of big data, according to Huawei researchers. And since more businesses are migrating mission-critical apps and data to the public cloud, being able to ensure that everything remains accessible, even when an assault is being levelled against a particular data centre, is of paramount importance.
Most importantly, it is possible for attacks to be detected and deflected in real time. And there is little doubt that improved cloud security like this will act as a deterrent to individuals or groups, who would otherwise seek to breach systems and take advantage of any weaknesses.