New types of BIG data security are currently under development
As with any type of large undertaking or project, security is something that always becomes an issue once its popularity increases and more people become aware of it. Over the course of the last several months the IT community has been pretty focused on cloud security, but it seems that its cousin, “BIG data”, might be the next target.
There are plenty of reasons why individuals or groups might want to attack someone else’s BIG data assets; after all, this is where important data is located. Likewise, when you take everything together as a whole it’s obvious that there is distinct value there as well. Then of course there are others who just want to wreak havoc (perhaps because they’re bored?) Whatever the reason, new approaches to BIG data security are in the works and under development.
A group called the “Cloud Security Alliance” is apparently spearheading some of the first moves to establish an initiative to deal with BIG data security (and privacy issues). According to pieces of information gathered through interviews, the goal is to establish better frameworks which can provide analytical “anchors” which more-or-less highlight what is considered to be “business as usual” and what isn’t. In other words, the CSA wants to apply environment-based approaches to BIG data security through direct management, analysis and monitoring.
Moreover, there are basically 6 areas of interest which the CSA is currently focused on. Privacy is one; arguably one of the most important after all is said and done. Second – policies and guidelines, because this allows for smooth operation as well as prevention. Third – applying analytical processes for purposes of real-time security, which ensures that covert, subversive activities are eliminated. Fourth – development of a more suitable framework which makes security easier to manage. Fifth – better, more suitable forms of encryption for BIG data. Sixth – the use of cloud computing and its infrastructure for improving overall security.
Together, the aforementioned areas should be able to form a more targeted and enveloping approach to BIG data security. In truth, there are simply some entirely different types of challenges which have to be dealt with when it comes to BIG data. For one, information tends to enter from a wider spectrum of sources and in greater volumes. This makes it much more difficult to ensure a complete secure environment in a timely manner because it takes a significant amount of time to process such large pools (of data). Given its nature and abilities, cloud computing has emerged as a big potential contributor to BIG data security in recent times. Additionally, cloud computing might be used to monitor any attacks so that valuable reconnaissance information can be gathered.
Dealing with BIG data in European (and some Asian countries) might also be a challenge from a security standpoint because of various types of conflicting regulations which may or may not exist. As more definitive cloud computing and BIG data policies continue to be created, it’s important to note that there is no central governing global body which seeks to standardize anything at all. Basically, one set of guidelines might work well in one area and lead to catastrophes in another. As far as BIG data security is concerned, functionality should also play a role and hopefully we’ll see more large regions forming committees which might allow them to create international standards.
It would seem that BIG data security research is following the pre-established trend of creating best practices which are then followed by additional research and refinement. However, this is an interesting situation because it isn’t just businesses that are involved in all of this development, governments are also jumping into the fray to lend a hand and access the technology. Because there is official government intervention, it might also be somewhat prudent to assume that funding will be more than adequate, but their main function will likely be in helping to create more applicable standards.
As the total number of businesses interested in BIG data continues to rise, it’s somewhat comforting to know that its security technologies are also being overhauled. These days it’s simply not good enough to have a groundbreaking technology on hand; it also has to be able to ensure a high level of security on all fronts (especially when multiple businesses are involved and profits are on the line). The bad news is that there are some security issues which need to be dealt with, the good news however is that these problems are being addressed and it looks like we’ll soon see results.