Big data is big news. Amidst many of the fly by night technology trends, the hype surrounding big data and all the benefits it has to offer are not unfounded. Big data can revolutionise the way your business operates. By being able to access large amounts of stored information, organisations can better manage both internal and external processes, while having a better understanding of their clients and the markets they operate in. However, while employing big data methods can make your organisation, it also has the potential to break it. Especially if not employed with a full understanding of the risks involved as well as the strategies implemented to mitigate and prevent them. From a security standpoint, big data solutions can open the door to a variety of risks and potential threats from internal security leaks to hackers gaining access to critical data from outside the organisation. Before embarking on a plan to utilise big data, here are a few factors to take into consideration:
1. Big Data Needs Big Network Security
While being able to access large amounts of vital information is extremely useful to any organisation, it is critically important that the network on which the data resides is impervious to attacks from outside hackers who are able to employ a variety of nefarious methods to gain access to your network, and your and your clients’ personal data. This means that your network security strategy must be comprehensive, with secure and adequate firewalling as well as industry leading and up to date anti-virus software rolled out across the entire organisation.
2. Access to Critical Data is controlled
It is vitally important that big data is protected from external threats, yet it is equally important that access to critical data from within the organisation is controlled. Implementing advanced internal security practices ensures that any data that is accessed by an employee is pertinent to his or her function within the organisation and will only be used for business practices. The threat of unknown data leakage must also be planned for, particularly within organisations that advocate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, allowing employees to access company data on devices of their choosing, and often from outside the confines of the physical office.
3. Big Data Needs to be Consistent
Big data stores that are not consistent in quality will be of little use to the success of the organisation and can prove to be more of a hindrance than a help in most cases. Large data stores that consist of fractured parts of information and are unorganised often disqualify users from accessing data quickly, while placing unnecessary loads on the machines housing the data stores and the management of the data as a whole. It is vitally important that all data within an organisation is both organized and sanitised.
4. Data Protection Cannot be Ignored
All vital data needs to be adequately protected from both external and internal threats as well as accidental loss and deletion. However, when it comes to big data, it is critical that the organisations business continuity strategy incorporates data protection software that has been specifically designed to cater for both the backup and restoration of large data stores. Redstor Backup Pro includes a range of business continuity solutions that have been uniquely designed to protect large data stores. Their industry leading encryption methods ensures that all data remains safe in transit and in storage, while their revolutionary InstantData Technology ensures that backed up data remains accessible in the event of a disaster, allowing for the shortest possible recovery time objectives.
Implementing big data strategies is a big task for many organisations, however, if implemented with the right security and business continuity strategies in place, the benefits of having a vast amount of useful data at your disposal cannot be underestimated.