Protecting Big Data

  • Big data security policies often lag behind initiatives.

  • A governance strategy can help reduce security and compliance risk.

  • AT&T’s Anne Wolfe and Gartner’s Brian Lowans share insights in on-demand webinar.

When you’re embarking on any new business activity, it’s always more comfortable if you can leverage the knowledge of those who have successfully navigated the journey before you. That’s what best practices are all about.

This approach can be especially true when it comes to big data security. While accessing, aggregating, and analyzing massive amounts of data from multiple sources can give you keen insight into your business, it can also raise security issues.

The problem is, as data flows between structured and unstructured data silos that may also exist outside the protected realm of your company, you have little control over the security policies that govern these data stores. Further, as big data initiatives are leaping ahead, big data security policies are often lagging behind. Without an equitable focus on both, you can inadvertently expose your company, brand, and reputation to security and compliance risks.

Cross-silo security is no small challenge

By drawing data from different organizations and repositories and shooting it across the Internet and into your systems, the data can become vulnerable to security threats at multiple points along the way. That’s why maintaining a highly secure environment for big data takes:

• A major shift in thinking, away from governing silos to a more holistic approach for big data management

• Enhancing your existing data governance models to drive best-in-class standards and policies across the big data value chain

• An approach that encompasses information quality, protection, and an effortless 360-degree view into the lifecycle of all data assets

• Security controls that govern data access, retention, disposition, privacy, and usage

• Involving executives, business units, and other key stakeholders across functions to guide policies and ease adoption

Starting the governance journey

Your transition to a more secure environment for big data starts with the first step. It helps greatly when the path has been cleared by others before you.

Anne Wolfe, executive director, privacy and data management at AT&T, helped to manage and develop our data excellence and big data privacy and security programs. Brian Lowans, principal research analyst for Gartner, Inc. specializes in data security, including structured and unstructured data encryption. Both security experts are taking part in a webinar  on September 25th, 1-2pm ET, about establishing cross-silo security and governance for big data. As part of the event, they’ll discuss best practice approaches to help you:

• Identify security gaps that increase your exposure to threats

• Create a comprehensive big data security strategy

• Reduce security and compliance risks and the associated high-profile data leaks

Make plans to join us to learn how your organization can put a more secure environment in place for big data.

Paula Waldron Value Marketing Security Solutions Lead Marketing Manager AT&T About Paula