The image on the screen shows a cyber-attack in progress, but it doesn’t look like the rows of reports that you usually expect to see as event data flows from intrusion prevention systems, next-generation firewalls and security reporting systems.
Instead, it looks like a fantastic image from something in the world of science fiction. Streams of data flow from the globe representing the Internet. Attack vectors are highlighted in red. You can watch the changes as the attacks progress.
To say that this technology represents a whole new way of looking at data is an understatement. Watching the big data visualisations from Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and its Daedalus Cyber-attack alert system may look like something from a movie, but it’s very real. Perhaps better, it represents one of the new ways researchers and cyber-security experts have found to show attacks in action.