I get a lot of questions on big data. What is it? How are people using it? How do you secure it? How do I leverage it? I've been on the phone with three different journalists in the past couple of weeks talking about what security analytics with big data really means. Be it journalists, security professionals, IT, or management, big data is relatively new to the mainstream practitioner, so the questions are not particularly surprising.

What is surprising is just about every new database installation or project I hear about sits atop a big data foundation. The projects focus on data, looking at new ways to mine data for interesting information. From retail-buying trends, to weather analysis, to security intelligence, these platforms are the direction the market is heading. And it's because you can Hadoop. Cassandra. Mongo. Whatever. And it's developer-driven -- not IT or DBA or security. Developers and information architects specify the data management engine during their design phase. They are in the driver's seat. They are the new "buying center" for database security products. Read full story on Dark Reading


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