5 Steps to Securing Your Big Data Infrastructur

MATT BAIRD | August 31, 2018

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For IT executives responsible for modernizing big data infrastructure and embracing cloud storage, the weekly rhythm of security breach news has become a recurring nightmare. For example, earlier this year the genealogy website MyHeritage acknowledged that a security breach had led to the leak of email addresses and hashed passwords of more than 92 million users. In addition to self-inflicted breaches, big data leaders are increasingly concerned about regulatory compliance. Now that the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in effect, enterprises can face fines as much as 4 percent of their annual sales if they violate the data security regulations. The task of modernizing big data storage and deploying new cloud-based solutions has never seemed more daunting -- or more perilous. The fallout from a security breach or data leak can embroil a company legally and financially and burn its reputation with customers. However, there may be such a thing as "too much" security. The proliferation of big data security procedures has presented a new set of challenges. For some companies, new security policies are so robust that they restrict users from accessing the very data they need for their daily work.

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