Is Big Data just another over-hyped buzz word for physical security users?

Several security professionals provide their roadmap of where Big Data fits into security's Big Picture


"As we keep the business case in mind when we address data and data analytics, we should be asking ourselves the following; how do we drive the value proposition for the security function in a business centric environment? In order to answer the previous question we should respond to the following; how do you measure your performance (value)? What are the core processes that drive performance, and what constraints do you have in getting to a common operating picture that ensures proper communication and a coordinated response?”

Slotnick realizes Big Data represents realistic solutions for the security industry, if and only if, users are able to leverage incoming and stored data.

“In my opinion, data presents many issues for us. But the challenge remains that all mission critical enterprise functions, public or private, should deliver the right information, at the right time, within the right context, to create value and mitigate risk,” Slotnick concludes. “The areas of risk management and security are no different. This leads to the real purpose of data, which is the collection, analysis, verification and resolution of data which leads to improved communications, process management, data visualization, collaboration, and monitoring. We have to be able to manage the data waterfall otherwise it is just useless disparate information.”

Ty Richmond takes the security element a step further. He feels that from a pure security operations standpoint, a security operations center (SOC) can become a potential fusion hub that feeds a constant stream of information and intelligence related to access control/video technology; global risk intelligence; emergency workflow for crisis management, business continuity, facility safety; and traveler monitoring/security.

“Those are only a few of the operational pillars of big data that can drive the need for actionable knowledge. Add cybersecurity and the maturity of the information/intelligence flow in that arena and it would appear to me that Big Data is far from being over-hyped,” Richmond says. “Big Data is upon us and will continue to grow and become more complicated. We as a profession needs to acquire the skill sets and tools to monitor, collect, analyze and drive security and risk mitigation programs, processes and initiatives. The leaders who learn and adapt to this will be more successful over time.”