The cloud enables Big Data to soar to new heights. The cloud brings scale, computational power and lower cost; all things that U.S Federal Government agencies need to keep pace with the volumes of data being produced. When federal agencies think about a cloud-based Big Data strategy, a holistic approach is needed, especially for data security.
Agencies must consider the end-to-end data lifecycle associated with Big Data, including producing, collecting, analyzing, storing, sharing and managing data – all of which have requirements for protection. While the cloud can support these lifecycle elements very well, it presents new challenges for data security. The cloud brings complexity that only adds to the already-complex Big Data ecosystem. For example, The cloud creates more accessibility options for Big Data, such as streaming, where users expect real-time delivery, along with more sophisticated query tools for searching and manipulating data. These capabilities may enhance the value of Big Data, but they introduce new security risks, especially around the scale and speed at which threats can propagate. With the cloud being a decentralized model, IT will have fewer controls compared to the current model of managing data onsite.
Incorporating the cloud into your Big Data strategy requires a more comprehensive approach, and the starting point is to recognize the need for IT to adopt a security posture that is aligned with cloud-based technologies.
So, how can you protect your Big Data in the cloud? ENCRYPT IT.
Once data moves to the cloud, security becomes harder to manage. The cloud may help federal agencies scale more cost-effectively, but it is not safe to assume that Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) are able to meet compliance requirements or security expectations. This means that:
- Big Data owners need to own and manage their encryption to ensure that information is protected as it is stored in and moves to and from the cloud.
- Big Data owners need to own the generation and administration of the cryptographic keys used to encrypt data in the cloud.
- Big Data owners need cloud independent security solutions that can be applied wherever data is processed and stored—across private, hybrid, public, and multi-cloud environments
SafeNet AT Solutions for Protecting Big Data in the Cloud
SafeNet AT offers cloud independent encryption and key management solutions that enable agencies to store and manage Big Data in the cloud. Our solutions allow customers with U.S. supply chain requirements to effectively manage their security when working in different environments, across different platforms and with multiple cloud providers.