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Why 3D Visualization Solutions Are Potentially Useful in Network Security Applications

Network administrators are tasked with the responsibilities of assessing security risks and destructive activities between local and remote hosts of computer networks. These malicious activities are observed via various network systems (vulnerability scanners, Intrusion Detection Systems, Firewalls, etc)  that act as data sources.

The various datasets produced by network systems monitors are mostly represented in form of textual logs and network traffic API files (packet capture (pcap) files). As the volume of the various textual logs and pcap files grow, they may become too overwhelming to analyze.

For such a long time, network administrators have overcome the challenge of immense to analyze textual logs datasets by converting them into 2D (two-dimensional) visual representations. These visual representations outline the logs in x and y-axes, making it easier for system administrators to interpret.

However, representing many data sets in 2D visual formats jumble up everything, thereby limiting interpretation which can slow or derail the decision-making processes where quick safety recovery measures need to be executed.

Since expanding visualization techniques when the interpretation of data is clouded serves as the best solution, a z-axis combined with the x and y-axes provides a more in-depth digestion of information cluttered in a 2D visual representation. There are enormous benefits of 3-D visualization in network security applications. The representation is perceived to give the clearest view of cluttered network security information.

3-Dimensional visualizations give network security experts the ability to clearly identify more malicious information from their different security data structures. It widens their scope of view to an intuitive one by creating more realistic views of the network security challenges they have at hand.

To take full advantage of 3D visualization interfaces while analyzing various network security datasets, network security experts must be well-versed with how to navigate the 3D environments.  

3D environments require more than the basic interaction options on 2D environments such as keyboards, computer screens, and mices. Despite providing quicker solutions for identifying and solving attacks on a network, three-dimensional representations come with their own complexities. Users, therefore, need to be completely efficient at operating the environment in order to fast yield helpful network analysis results.

 

Since 3D visualization interfaces require more than two degrees of freedom to effectively navigate, there are already new inventions in the market providing more than two degrees of freedom to enable network administrators perform thorough network security analysis.  A good example of this is Natural User Interface (NUI). Some NUIs provide multi-touch interfaces that can be navigated with all the 10 fingers.

 

With advances Natural User Interfaces, network security analysts can even enjoy up to 20 degrees of freedom on 3D visualization interfaces, thereby making their work experience easier, faster, and enjoyable.

 

As more and more network systems experience advanced security threats, organizations should consider upgrading from 2D to 3D visualization solutions that offer more interoperability options in revealing threats and executing the necessary required network security protocols to redeem various threats.

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