WatchGuard Dimension; Turning network security Big data into visuals!
Are you a visual learner? If so, this this blog is for you!
“Data in itself is not valuable at all. The value is in the analyses done on that data and how the data is turned into information…”
Businesses are drowning in oceans of data, including network security data, making it nearly impossible to identify important security issues and make better policy decisions. The impact on regulatory compliance can be devastating. WatchGuard Dimension resolves these challenges by instantly turning raw network data into actionable security intelligence – in the Big data visualization style today’s users have come to expect. According to Wikipedia “Big data is the term for a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications”.
I find the product to be a mesmerizing IT security tool. It takes a completely new approach to analyzing network traffic. WatchGuard Dimension transforms large amounts of data into visual representations.
The ability of the browser-based management console also supports features like drilldown, pivot tables, and the ability to schedule reports for email delivery.
One of the most impressive analytical representations is a world map, which offers color-coded depictions of where data originates or is destined. The map can be filtered by attacks, blocked traffic, allowed traffic, packet type and so on, creating a simplified view of what traffic impacts the network and/or triggers firewall policies.
As network traffic grows and networks get more complex, security becomes ever more problematic. The WatchGuard Dimension analytics platform uses Big Data visualization to make sense of enterprise network traffic and the relationships between data elements. That information can be directly correlated to create actionable tasks that enhance security.