SOURCE: Platfora


April 09, 2015 09:00 ET

Platfora Arms Information Security Teams With New Big Data Analytics Tools to Help Organizations Detect Data Breaches

Offering Solves Historical and Data-at-Scale Analysis Challenges That Plague Current Data Investigations; Platfora and MapR Join Forces to Create More Hadoop Options for Information Security

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 9, 2015) - Platfora, the #1 native big data analytics platform for Apache Hadoop and Spark, today announced Platfora Big Data Analytics for Security, a solution that delivers petabyte-scale analysis of enterprise data for use in security investigations of targeted attacks. The solution is self-service with powerful visualization capabilities, which enables security analysts to harness all of their security data to conduct security investigations.

Traditional security solutions are typically built to detect threats in real time and can only analyze historical data sets of up to 30 days in size, often missing key irregularities that may have occurred outside of a single incident. With Platfora Big Data Analytics for Security, teams can now transform and connect unlimited amounts of raw data sets in Hadoop, and then visualize and analyze them to discover key identifiers linked to past or potential breaches that were once nearly impossible to detect.

"Effective and efficient security analytics capabilities are sorely needed to allow security teams to make progress against rapidly evolving, advanced targeted attacks," said John Pescatore, director, SANS Institute. "Security analysts need tools that act as force multipliers for rapidly and accurately detecting attacks, and for prioritizing response actions so that breaches of critical business and customer information are minimized or avoided."

Big Data Requires a Unique Approach to Security Analytics
In order to handle the growing challenges of working with big data in security environments, analytics platforms must be purpose-built for the Big Data Era. Platfora provides business context through the analysis of multiple security data sources and delivers the following key capabilities:

  • Security Event Pattern Processing. Today's security analysts must be able to connect the dots in security events across several months of data. Platfora provides advanced techniques to identify patterns in historical data that is indicative of malicious behavior.
  • Comprehensive Analysis. Customers can use Platfora to analyze petabytes of data, including network, endpoint, user-access and IT data to form a cohesive picture over time based on the type of incident under investigation. Platfora's speed and ease-of-use delivers this analysis more effectively, increasing success of the overall investigation.
  • Multi-pane View, Single-pane Platform. Platfora's approach complements existing security tools by combining data transformation, analytics and visualization in a single platform native to Hadoop, freeing up IT dollars and time typically spent by organizations trying to piece together this type of solution themselves. Multi-structured data can now coexist in a single repository or data lake and be correlated so that the outcome of the investigation is directly linked to business impact.

Platfora and MapR Partner to Expand Hadoop Options
In order to fight against targeted cyber attacks, companies increasingly require analysts that know the security domain inside and out, in addition to data science and are able to program in Hadoop. The reality is, very few people have all these skills. To reduce dependence on the 'security analyst unicorn,' Platfora has partnered with MapR Technologies, provider of the top-ranked Hadoop distribution, to deliver a complete end-to-end solution for security analytics. Platfora Big Data Analytics for Security will also be available with the MapR Security Log Analytics Quick Start Solution.

"The integration of Platfora's insightful visualization and analysis capabilities with the power and enterprise-grade capabilities of the MapR platform provides customers with a best-in-class, comprehensive, security solution," said Steve Wooledge, vice president product marketing, MapR Technologies. "The combination of pre-built security visualizations and machine learning algorithms enables predictive and exploratory analysis of patterns and anomalies, thereby accelerating the speed and success of security investigations."

About Platfora
Platfora is the #1 Big Data Analytics platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark. Platfora enables business users and data scientists to visually interact with petabyte-scale data in seconds, allowing them to work with even the rawest forms of transaction, customer interaction and machine data to find new opportunities and manage risk. Platfora is transforming the way businesses unlock insights, make decisions, and produce better outcomes through the use of its industry-defining Customer Analytics, Security Analytics and Internet of Things solutions. Platfora Big Data Analytics is creating data-driven competitive advantages for leading organizations such as Citi, Sears, AutoTrader, Disney,, Opower, Riot Games, Vivint and TUI Travel. Learn more about Platfora, read our blog, or follow @platfora #YouShouldKnow.