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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Big data security a concern for every industry

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Not all that long ago, big data was just beginning to play an important role for organizations in certain, select industries. Only the most advanced firms had the resources to effectively leverage big data via analytics and advanced business intelligence (BI) tools.

Now, however, big data has become a critical tool for firms of all kinds and in every sector. From small businesses to academic institutions to healthcare providers, big data holds the key to radically improving organizations' processes and overall effectiveness.

Consequently, big data security has also become a high-level need for firms in every industry. Those organizations that fail to acquire sufficient tools in this regard cannot hope to make the most of this resource, and may open themselves up to the threat of a devastating data breach.

The widespread need for big data security is due to two factors. First, the value inherent to a firm's big data reserves is not limited to that organization. Increasingly, cybercriminals are targeting firms in order to steal big data which can then be sold either back to the original organization or to one of its competitors. As the value of big data becomes more apparent, such attacks will likely become even more frequent.

Secondly, the tools traditionally to protect their information are not sufficient for the increased size and complexity of big data. Those firms that rely on legacy data protection solutions while handling big data will be at risk of experiencing a data breach.

That is why organizations of all kinds need to invest in dedicated big data protection solutions, such as secure file transfer programs. Designed with big data in mind, these solutions are able to ensure the integrity of big data sets while they are in motion. Considering that big data is generated and collected from countless different sources, data movement is unavoidable, making secure file transfer a critical component of any big data security strategy.