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Friday, August 09, 2013

Security often overlooked in big data education

University big data classes often overlook a key component of any successful big data effort: security.

Category:   Secure File Transfer

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The development of big data analytics is, without a doubt, one of the most significant IT trends of recent years. Thanks to this technology, firms are able to harness invaluable insight from unstructured and semistructured data - resources that would otherwise remain almost wholly unusable. By leveraging these solutions, businesses have been able to transform and improve their operations in virtually every area.

The growing appreciation and excitement for big data solutions has not gone unnoticed by universities. These and other educational institutions are increasingly offering big data courses, helping to prepare the next generation of data scientists and analytics experts. However, as TechTarget contributors Doug Jacobson and Julie Rursch recently highlighted, these classes often overlook a key component of any successful big data effort: security. Without secure managed file transfer solutions, a firm's big data resources will be at great risk of loss or exposure, severely hampering the value gained from this technology.

Security class
The writers noted that big data has not yet become a universally established topic for courses in universities. Many colleges have, in the past few years, begun to touch on this subject in classes focused on algorithms and databases. However, the authors also reported that more and more universities are beginning to offer big data-based graduate-level coursework, as well as including big data material into a wider range of disciplines.

Yet as Jacobson and Rursch revealed, even those universities that are offering big data classes are not putting much of a priority on security.

"Even the newly proposed National Security Association and Department of Homeland Security focus areas for the National Centers of Academic Excellence list big data security as an optional knowledge unit in three content areas," they noted.

According to Jacobson and Rursch, this lack of big data security education is, to a certain extent, reasonable. Big data is an extremely complex and wide-ranging concept, and it is still relatively new. Security methods have yet to be fully standardized.

"The new classification of big data presents a basic problem that needs resolution before we provide solutions," the authors claimed.
 
Securing big data
Regardless of the difficulty of teaching big data security to students, the fact of the matter remains that this critical issue is not being addressed in universities. This lack of education and training further highlights the security challenges businesses face as they strive to make the most of their big data resources.

This emphasizes the need for businesses to invest in high-quality data security solutions that can be put into the hands of the company's employees and used in their daily routines. To this end, effective managed file transfer solutions are absolutely essential. These solutions allow employees to send and receive big data sets and related resources quickly and without the risk that the information contained will be exposed or lost. Only by investing in such tools can businesses take full advantage of their big data resources.