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Cloud Security Alliance tackles big data security

CSA will work with Fujitsu Laboratories of America on best practices, standards for securing big data.

Businesses are eager to reap the benefits of big data analytics, but the collection of vast amounts of data is leading to growing security concerns. To that end, the Cloud Security Alliance is teaming up with Fujitsu Laboratories of America Inc. to figure out ways to tackle big data security.

A lot of these big data deployments are being deployed in the cloud.

Alvaro Cardenas,
research staff member,
Fujitsu Laboratories of America

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company this week launched the Big Data Working Group, which they say will "take industry ownership" of the security and privacy challenges "magnified by the velocity, volume and variety of big data." The group said it plans to address the factors contributing to big data complexity, including large-scale cloud infrastructures and high-volume inter-cloud migration.

"Big data is tightly coupled with cloud security," Alvaro Cardenas, research staff member at Fujitsu Laboratories of America, said in an interview this week with "A lot of these big data deployments are being deployed in the cloud."

The group will work to develop best practices and standards for big data security and privacy, help drive adoption of best practices, and advance related research projects. Its first research report, planned for release this fall, will identify the technical and organizational problems with big data security.

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The Big Data Working Group cited six areas it will focus on: big data-scale cryptography, cloud infrastructure, data analytics for security, framework and taxonomy, policy and governance, and privacy.

"With all the data being collected," Cardenas said, "we want to make sure the personal information is kept confidential."

The group is led by Sreeranga Rajan of Fujitsu Laboratories of America with co-chairs Neel Sundaresan of eBay and Wilco Van Ginkel of Verizon. The group is open to those interested in participating; more information is available on the CSA website.

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