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Real-time data

(also instantaneous data)

Real-time data definition

Real-time data is delivered or processed as it is generated or received, with little to no delay. The system or the device doesn’t store the data. It just shares it with the end user, which decreases the risks of hacker attacks. Real-time data is beneficial for applications where timely and accurate information is critical, such as in financial trading, stock market analysis, or monitoring systems for critical infrastructure. It provides valuable insights and facilitates quick decision-making. Real-time data also plays a crucial role in cybersecurity by providing up-to-date information about potential threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks as they occur.

See also: monitoring software, firewall

Real-time data application

  • Threat detection. Organizations can detect and identify potential cyber threats, such as malware infections, network intrusions, or data breaches, as they occur. Therefore, they can respond quickly and mitigate the threat before it causes any damage.
  • Incident response. Real-time data provides alerts and notifications when it detects potential threats. As a result, it can help security teams minimize the impact of a security breach and prevent further damage.
  • Network monitoring. Organizations can monitor network traffic and identify potential security threats, such as suspicious activity patterns or unusual behavior.
  • User behavior analysis. Organizations can monitor and analyze user behavior to identify potential security risks, such as unauthorized access or suspicious activity, or prevent insider threats and protect sensitive user data.
  • Threat intelligence. Real-time data gathers and analyzes threat intelligence information from various sources, such as dark web forums or social media platforms. It helps security teams stay up to date on the latest threats and vulnerabilities and take proactive measures to protect their systems.