How Big Data Helps Prevent Cyber Espionage

How Big Data Helps Prevent Cyber Espionage

Naveen Joshi 18/05/2022
How Big Data Helps Prevent Cyber Espionage

While big data is empowering business decisions with information abundance, cyber espionage is on the rise too!

Big Data Analytics in Cybersecurity

Information is traveling at greater speeds, hence governments need sophisticated intelligence insights much faster to make efficient decisions. 

Sophisticated intelligence can come from almost anywhere — armchair researchers, private technology companies, commercial satellites and even ordinary citizens who livestream on social media.

Big data plays a crucial role in cyber espionage by providing an extra layer of cyber security insights. 


Ever saw your computer’s cursor move on your screen automatically? While you safely assumed it was a system fault, an autonomous identity was using your system, hacking your applications, and dragging your data to the threshold of being stolen. Cyber espionage has been on a rise in the past few years. For all you know, cyber terrorists may be monitoring your data, while you are busy making that office presentation.

The Role of Big Data in Preventing Cyber Espionage


When a cyberattack takes place, data is at the threat of being stolen. However, what’s interesting to know is this - while data can be stolen, big data can save itself from cyber espionage too! There’s something about big data that helps in overcoming the issue of cyber espionage. Here are five ways that big data can help in protecting us from cyber espionage: ·     

1. Reducing Data Processing Time

Big data has drastically reduced the amount of time consumed while processing a specific batch of data; this feature of big data proves to be a useful weapon against cyber espionage. ·     

2. Improving Maintenance

Using big data for cybersecurity and preventing cyber espionage will prove effective for companies. Management of data and its effectiveness becomes easier using big data analytics. Before big data mining, all the data had to be stored as scattered sets resulting in data batches that had no links with each other and existed in silos. This resulted in data redundancy and under-maintenance. ·     

3. Analyzing Security Information

Big data helps in analyzing security information, which enhances cyber security. Since data mining, almost always performed on big data, looks for patterns and links data together, it can also keep a tag on security information. Once the patterns have been mined, they can also be altered in a way that adds a layer of security. ·     

4. Detecting and Identifying Threats

As all the data after going through data mining is linked in some way or the other, a potential theft can be tracked in almost a minute and countermeasures can be deployed immediately. If a similar scenario occurred with traditional data, it could have taken almost days to detect the threat or theft. Big data leads to easy detection of thefts or cyber espionage. ·     

5. Facilitating Forensic Analysis

Since all the data is stored and linked to each other, in case of cyber espionage, the data that is being manipulated can be tracked and would eventually lead to detailed tracking of data spying. In fact, by using forensic research on big data, analysts can also map the source of espionage.



Big data has helped organizations and businesses in a plethora of ways earlier. However, what big data can do for supporting cyber security and curbing cyber espionage is promising and exciting.

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Naveen Joshi

Tech Expert

Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.

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