Security releases this week from IBM and EMC’s RSA division underscore the rising role of big data in recognizing and sniping out enterprise attacks. It has also further exposed the lack of clarity and capabilities with big data to deal with potentially damaging threats ahead, according to security analyst Scott Crawford of Enterprise Management Associates.

The conversation on big data is usually directed in terms deriving hidden gems from unstructured data or mining social media for customer sentiment. In enterprise reality, the earliest successes from big data have been from existing volumes of data, though those efforts have been few and far between when it comes to bolstering security, says Crawford.

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