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By Andy Thurai (Twitter: @AndyThurai) (Original version of this blog appeared on ProgrammableWeb) As promised in my last blog “Big Data, API, and IoT …..Newer technologies protected by older security” here is a deep dive on Big Data security and how to effortlessly secure Big Data effectively. Like many other open source models, Hadoop has followed a path that hasn’t focused much on security.  In order to effectively use Big Data, it needs to be secured properly. However if you try to force fit into an older security model, you might end up compromising more than you think. But if you make it highly secure, it might interfere with performance. In order to effectively secure Big Data, you must mitigate the following security risks that aren’t addressed by prior security models. Issue #1:  Are the keys to the kingdom with you? In a hosted environment, the provider holds ... (more)

IoT and Digitizing Healthcare | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData #Microservices

Slow Healthcare Costs by Digitizing Healthcare The United States spends around 17-18% of its GDP on healthcare every year. When you put this into dollar numbers, it is a mind-boggling $2.9 trillion. Unfortunately, that spending will grow at a faster rate now due to baby boomers becoming an aging population, and they are the largest demographic in the U.S. (Baby boomers are about 76 million, which accounts for 25% of the population of the U.S.). The healthcare related spending is expected to grow at a faster pace than the under 5% annual rate it grew over the last decade. Unless th... (more)

Why Are APIs So Popular?

Kin Lane recently wrote a couple of blogs about why copyrighting an API is not common. I couldn’t agree more that copyrighting APIs is uncommon. First of all, the API definition is just an interface (It is the implementation detail that is important, and needs to be guarded), so it doesn’t make any sense to copyright an interface. (It is almost like copyrighting a pretty face ). Secondly, the whole idea of exposing an API is you are looking for others to finish the work you started by just providing the plumbing work. Why would anyone want to get involved with a copyrighted API a... (more)

Application-Aware Firewalls

[by Andy Thurai] "Application-Aware Firewalls."You may have heard this term recently and wondered what it meant. When it comes to security, everyone thinks of Firewalls, Proxies, IPS, IDS, Honeypots, VPN devices, email security and even Web security, but most people don’t think in terms of application level security unless either you are the developer, admin, or user of those specific services or perhaps a hacker. Especially when your traditional network boundaries disappear you can’t carry all of those devices with you. When you move out of your traditional boundaries, towards ... (more)

Taming Big Data Location Transparency

Andy Thurai, Chief Architect & CTO, Intel App security & Big Data (@AndyThurai) | David Houlding, Privacy Strategist, Intel (@DavidHoulding) Original version of this article appeared on VentureBeat. Concern over big government surveillance and security vulnerabilities has reached global proportions. Big data/analytics, government surveillance, online tracking, behavior profiling for advertising and other major tracking activity trends have elevated privacy risks and identity based attacks. This has prompted review and discussion of revoking or revising data protection laws govern... (more)