Big Data Security. Who's looking out for your big data?

David Tishgart

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Big Data takes center stage today at the Strata Conference & Hadoop World in New York, the world’s largest gathering of the Apache Hadoop™ community. A key conversation topic will be how organizations can improve data security for Hadoop and the applications that run on the platform. As you know, Hadoop and similar data stores hold a lot of promise for organizations to finally gain some value out of the immense amount of data they're capturing. But HDFS, Hive and other nascent NoSQL technologies were not necessarily designed with comprehensive security in mind. Often what happens as big data projects grow is sensitive data like HIPAA data, PII and financial records get captured and stored. It's important this data remains secure at rest. I polled my fellow co-workers at Gazzang last week, and asked them to come up with a top ten list for securing Apache Hadoop. He... (more)

Big Data in 2020

One of the things I look forward to most at Christmastime is the seemingly endless parade of predictions and year-in-review columns. You see them everywhere: The Ten Best movies of 2012 2012: The Year in Bacon Ten Brilliant, Surefire, Can’t-Miss Business Predictions for 2013 A Crystal Ball on the Cloud Heck, we just issued a predictions release earlier this week. The bottom line is when I see a list, there’s a good chance I’m going to read it and tweet it, regardless of what it's about. Speaking of which, IDC and EMC just released a cool report called “The Digital Universe in ... (more)

Sometimes No Data Is Way Cooler than Big Data

I have a pretty decent amount of data about Disney World (where to stay, when to visit, how to beat the crowds to Space Mountain, etc.), and in turn, Disney knows a lot about me (my age, where I live, how many times I’ve visited the park, etc.). This information may seem trivial, but it’s essential (or so we think) for an experience that’s optimized for our enjoyment. In fact, Disney has made a big bet on this idea. You might have seen stories about Disney’s new “vacation management system” which is designed to learn even more about park visitors and, in turn, improve upon their... (more)

Cloudera Has the Right Idea on Big Data Security

I'd like to address a recent blog post in CloudTweaks titled, "Cloudera Not Cutting It With Big Data Security." The author makes a number of very salient and valid points about Hadoop security… or lack thereof. Indeed the Apache Hadoop platform, which includes HDFS and MapReduce and other projects like HBase, Mahout and Hive, was not designed for security. The Hadoop name, for better or worse, is nearly synonymous with big data because it delivers the "three V's" (velocity, variety, volume) at massive scale, enabling organizations to crunch, process, analyze and retain data like... (more)

An Open Letter to President Obama about Securing Healthcare.gov

The following letter was sent to President Obama today by Gazzang CEO Larry Warnock: Dear Mr. President, My name is Larry Warnock, and I'm the CEO of Gazzang, a data security software company based in Austin, Texas. Our headquarters are actually right across the street from the Capital Factory which you visited this past May. I recognize that the healthcare.gov launch hasn't exactly met expectations, and yesterday's news about potential security flaws doesn't make rolling this out to the American people any easier. But what struck me is that the choices you and the Department of... (more)