With the growing number of devices on a network, the profile of devices is constantly changing and so is the overall security risk. Network analytics can provide a unique perspective, capturing short-term as well as long-term historical information that can be leveraged to anticipate network capacity, identify shifts in mobile device usage, provide compliance reports and maintain an audit trail of connections, should a cyber-incident occur. In the event of a cyber breach, a well-designed analytics capability provides actionable insights for the Security Operations Center (SOC) and the Network Operations Center (NOC).

Capturing data on every network connection generates a wealth of information that can help with contextual awareness to enhance the fidelity of security events. But, unless this information is captured, stored, and accessible with ease, it cannot be leveraged for planning, compliance or forensics.