Mining Big Data comes with security pitfalls
Last year was really the year of Big Data. Even the term ‘Big Data’ was declared this year’s second biggest buzzword, by TIME magazine. As for the real winner of the presidential election, some considered it to be data scientist Nate Silver – who went down in history as changing the way electoral campaigns were conducted and won; forever.
Despite all this, we’re still only beginning to realise the true implications of Big Data, and the security industry is only just waking up to realise the true advantages of data analytics when it comes to detecting threats. Because of this, many infosec teams are now learning to evolve their current security management strategies to include Big Data techniques.
However, Big Data isn’t only generating interest for the security sector – it’s also proving to be a useful tool for marketing and other business areas – this is why it has become crucial that infosec teams step up to the ground floor level of Big Data projects to help better understand the risks and work on strategies to properly manage them.
As organisations process this volume of data at high speed, it considerably increases and complicates data protection, access governance and regulatory compliance. There are significant risks involved, such as inadvertent exposure of personally identifiable information, over provisioning of access as well as the transfer of data outside of certain geographical locations which are required – and these are just a few.
Because of the risks mentioned above, last year was also the year the security industry had to step up to the plate to cope with the reality of Big Data.
There is a need for security companies and venues who tap into Big Data to increase their knowledge of these technologies; closely monitor data access requests; clarify who can share what; be careful of access over-provisioning and work to develop data-flow mapping for core competency.
Big Data will most likely continue to be seen as a ‘disruptive force’ through this year and beyond, as the security sector continues to prepare itself.