Big Data And Security: Issues, Concerns, Problems w/ Dan Hubbard Of OpenDNS

In my most recent interview on “The Price Of Business” with Kevin Price, I had the opportunity to connect with Dan Hubbard, the CTO of OpenDNS. OpenDNS operates the worlds largest cloud security network to protect customers and organizations around the world from the most advanced threats out there.

Big Data is a hot topic in the business world these days, and Dan had some pretty unique insights on how the information gathered from big data can be applied to internet security. Dan defined big data during the segment as “the ability to utilize data in order for your company to enhance decision making discovery and optimize process within the company.” Specifically for OpenDNS, big data is utilized to predict threats and connect disparate pieces of information into actionable intelligence.

A YouTube clip featuring the full segment (8:19) is embedded right below. Following the clip, I’ve included four of the top takeaways you need to know for keeping your business secure against the threats of the Internet.

How Does Information From Big Data Make The Internet Safer?

“The ability to harvest massive amounts of data is really key to identify threats, attackers and threat networks in order to protect your company before a threat is out in the wild and infecting customers. Moving forward, that is going to become more and more important as the threats evolve and become more sophisticated.”

How Should An IT Department Be Prepared For Leveraging Big Data To Improve Their Security?

“Security practitioners should look for solutions to change and improve their security posture from a reactive to a predictive model. For larger companies, they should look at their data as a key element to intelligence and be able to discover things within their network to protect their employees and their data moving forward.”

What Should Business Owners Take Back To Their Teams?

“They should understand there are new solutions out there to an ever increasing and challenging problem: attackers coming after their employees and their data. The solution is not about reactive technologies or drop-in appliances or softwares – nowadays, employees are probably working from anywhere and data is probably outside their infrastructure.”

What Are The Top 5 Industries That Should Be Taking This To Heart?

“Any companies with a distributed enterprise, including:

  • Energy
  • Aerospace
  • Financial
  • Retail
  • Hospitality”

For further reading on big data and internet security, you can also check out Dan’s article – “How Big Data Can Make The Internet Safer” – at