Metadata is data about data. It really is that simple. When it comes to security, data can be your most valuable tool. For a network security, it has multiple uses, ranging from real-time incident detection to post-prevention forensic analysis. This interesting topic was found on the CSO blog in their post titled, “Making metadata meaningful for network security.”

In a world that now sees metadata as a four-letter word, it is important for folks to understand the power that metadata can bring to their network security plan.

Regardless of your situation, metadata has many benefits – including situational awareness, incident response, data loss monitoring, and advanced threat prevention. However, if you don’t have the data properly indexed against a solid taxonomy to begin with, well, security might be the least of your worries.

A strong standards-based taxonomy is one with true integrity. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.