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[ISN] How to Secure Big Data in Hadoop
By Thor Olavsrud
November 08, 2012
Big data promises to help organizations better understand their
businesses, their customers and their environments to a degree that you
could previously have only imagined.
The potential is enormousâas businesses transform into data-driven
machines, the data held by your enterprise is likely to become the key
to your competitive advantage. As a result, security for both your data
and your infrastructure becomes more important than ever before.
Big Data Could Be Toxic Data If Lost
In the case of data that provides a competitive advantage, the need for
security should be obvious. If you lose that data, or it winds up in the
hands of a competitor, your advantage is lost. But worse, it could
become a liability.
In many cases, organizations will wind up with what Forrester Research
calls "toxic data." For instance, imagine a wireless company that is
collecting machine dataâwho's logged onto which towers, how long they're
online, how much data they're using, whether they're moving or staying
stillâthat can be used to provide insight to user behavior.
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