Turn Insight into Action: Security news at the Information On Demand Conference
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Today's post comes from Kim Madia, Market Manager, Infosphere Guardium and Optim.
What a great conference! About 10, 000 people from around the world gathered to share ideas and experiences around harnessing the power of data and analytics. I learned some interesting facts about data and its increasing presence in the world around us. For example, if Facebook was a country, it would be the third most populated! In addition, in 2010 the world cracked the zettabyte (10^21 bytes) barrier and in 2011, the amount of information created and replication is expected to surpass 1.8 zettabytes (1.8 trillion gigabytes).
During the fist general session we heard from Jeff Jonas, IBM Chief Scientist. He equated this data explosion to a jigsaw puzzle. Image you have several puzzles each with thousands of pieces scattered across a table. How can you make sense of this? Are there duplicate pieces? What if some of the pieces are missing or damaged? How can you see the larger picture without seeing the puzzle box cover? Is the table large enough to organize all the pieces?
Organizations are faced with similar challenges when it comes to data. Data comes in all shapes and sizes and there might be missing or corrupted data and duplications. We are unable to see the larger picture without examining the piece parts, and we can’t get a complete picture until the puzzle is assembled.
Data about enterprise security is no exception. We heard exciting news around data security from Arvind Krishna, General Manager, Information Management. IBM has acquired Q1 Labs, a primer security intelligence firm. Q1 Labs brings intelligence to how we manage security including advanced analytics across heterogeneous sources complete with dashboards and drill downs to make meaningful security decisions. Arvind indicated that together Q1 Labs and the InfoSphere Guardium portfolio bring a powerhouse to data security. Check out a complete list of announcements including news from InfoSphere Guardium database security!
Along with the Q1 Labs acquisition, IBM will also be forming a new security division. Hear Meg Swanson’s (Manager IBM Security) perspective on this news as she came out of the keynote.
Meg wasn’t the only one talking. There was quite a buzz about this announcement, check out Phil Neray’s (Data Security Strategy Leader) perspective.
Phil had quite a busy conference. In addition to participating in a meet the expert session around database security, he led a panel of industry experts in a discussion around cloud security. This generated some heated discussion! Don’t be scared of the cloud, if you think before you leap you can ensure security. A top security analyst, Rich Mogull. wrote a thoughtful blog about cloud security after attending this session.
Several customers also spoke about their approaches to data security including: Dell, Pacific Gas and Electric, State Farm, and International Rectifier. A key theme for these customers was getting executive support for data security efforts. Tying data security to a compliance effort seemed to be a good way to succeed. Another common theme was adopting a holistic data protection approach. This means deploying a defense in depth model to protect data using different technologies include database activity monitoring, data encryption, data redaction and data masking.
During a Birds of a Feather session about securing test data management, the topic of data masking came up. Swati Moran (InfoSphere Optim Product Marketing Team Lead) led this discussion that had a significant emphasis on the healthcare industry and HIPAA compliance. Compliance drivers are making DBAs deploy static data masking to protect nonproduction environments.
Data security was certainly a main theme at the conference and the depth of these discussions is really too much for this short blog posting. The main take away for me was that with better security intelligence organizations can help ensure compliance, avoid data breaches and respond in real time to the latest threats.
I was also struck by how we are exploring a new, seemingly limitless frontier when it comes to analytics. Better analytics will truly improve our world. Dr. Carolyn McGregor inspired me when she talked about helping neonatologists increase the survival rate of premature births simply through better data analysis. It’s exciting to see the reality of turning insight into action.
Hope to see you next year!
To find out more, read “Data Security and Privacy– A Holistic Perspective”