Use data visualization to get the most out of security analytics datasets.
Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, a good data visualization can offer much more information about a large dataset than raw numbers or outputs ever could. As security teams advance their security analytics practices, data visualization will play an important role in their day-to-day analysis. Here are some of the most effective ways organizations today are graphically crunching numbers to gain a better understanding of their security postures.
Hierarchical Tree Map
Hierarchical tree maps can offer a spatially ordered, at-a-glance view of rankings that can prove particularly useful in areas like IP addresses and classes in object-oriented design. Color, size of boxes, and location on the tree map can all play a role in weighting an object's significance in ranking. According to Frank Dickson, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan, WatchGuard offers a good example of this in its Dimension visibility product, which filters traffic to highlight the most critical information on active users and their connections, with a pivot option to facilitate drill-down and filtering tasks.
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