Big Data continues to get mindshare as a point of discussion among Lines of Business and IT heads. As organisations push ahead with plans to implement Big Data, the issue of data privacy and security will continue to come up to boil.
Even without Big Data, security and privacy are already hot topics of discussion within the IT workplace. Big Data magnifies the concerns because of the velocity, volume and variety characteristics inherent with these data sets. Because of this traditional security mechanisms are tailored to securing small-scale static data are inadequate to meet the challenge of large volumes of multi-format data coming at high speed from multiple sources.
We see three critical security issues that Asia companies must address before they can securely use Big Data. These include:
Protection begins with Identity – In the world of Big Data, data will come from multiple sources. It is important therefore to have systems and processes in place that will make sure that data sources are reliable and authorised. The right information needs management to secure its inception, distribution, and hence the identity of its creator. As identity is the new perimeter, identity management is key to a secure open enterprise.
Secure Connection – Mobility and BYOD have combined to create what we now call the Application Economy. According to the Vision Mobile report: Developer Economics Q1 2014: State of the Developer Nation, about 2.3 million individuals are working as mobile app developers worldwide, with Asia accounting for an estimated 760,000 people or 32.9 percent of the total.
Many of the applications created from this application ecosystem rely on social media, cloud services and unstructured data to do their jobs. Central to ensuring that these apps work in harmony with the devices, the ecosystem and consumers are application programming interface or APIs – which ensures that rich applications are well nourished to enable richer user experience. As APIs become the glue that connects devices, API management and API security will become key.
Security as Enabler – Whilst automation has helped fuel the connection of people, devices and ecosystems, it is security that ensures that everything runs smoothly. In the connected universe that we live in today, security must be proactive. It also needs to enable richer experiences. Security has to move from being seen as an investment or significant procurement to being a business enabler – a business differentiator.
Security is no longer about stopping users or applications from accessing information. It is about proactively identifying who is accessing what kind of information, and where. This new paradigm fosters an environment of confidence.
About the author
Vic Mankotia is Vice President of Solution Strategy for Asia Pacific & Japan at CA Technologies. He is responsible for growing the CA Technology Security, I Business Management and Mobility portfolios in the region. Prior to this role, he was BP for Security for the same markets.