by Rob Sobers
When I talk to IT security pros today about how they manage and protect data, most describe grueling manual processes and makeshift solutions comprised of countless off-the-shelf products and fragile homegrown scripts.
Fortunately, most of us understand the importance of using automation to help fight our battles, but the rapidly changing landscape of new technologies, security threats, and paradigm shifts makes it difficult to stay ahead of the curve. Choosing to specialize in the wrong technology can be career limiting, recommending the wrong technology to your boss can be career ending.
When a new buzzword like big data starts to take off, we have the right to be skeptical. Is there something really new and important, or is it just hype? Is this going to change the how we do things for years to come, or is it just a distraction? How do we really use it?
At Infosecurity Europe 2012, we conducted a survey to determine what IT security professionals were thinking about big data. Over 180 attendees responded, answering questions about whether they thought the definition of big data itself was clear, whether it is or will be a priority for their organizations, and how they might like to use it.