The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technological revolution that is jolting the big data universe. Billions of devices are now connected to the Internet, generating unthinkable volumes of information.
Mobile devices and gadgets create a massive volume of digital interactions. Voice calls and voicemails, emails and text messages, likes and tweets, updates and follows, online shopping and online banking, and much more fill the world’s digital lanes. The impact of the IoT on big data is forcing companies to look for new technologies to address the growing challenges of managing, storing, protecting, and analyzing unprecedented volumes of data.
Storing Big Data
Data centers must be equipped with adequate storage capabilities to handle continuous streams of heterogeneous data. Companies are veering away from an in-house storage infrastructure and are moving toward the Platform as a Service (PaaS) model, which provides a sophisticated architecture for scalability and flexibility that is based in the cloud.
Companies have three cloud storage options: private, public, and hybrid. Sensitive data that require tighter security can be stored in a private cloud, while less sensitive data can be housed in a public or hybrid cloud.
Securing Big Data
A major data security challenge is that programming tools like Hadoop and NoSQL databases were not originally built with the security features that huge data call for. The IoT offers cyber criminals a gold mine of data, with just about everything connected and data flowing out from everywhere. At the same time, data security mechanisms have been lagging behind IoT developments.
The security of traditional database management should be enhanced with traditional solutions like application security software, monitoring and analyzing audit logs, and securing configurations for both hardware and software. It would also help companies to implement access controls such as requiring strong passwords, putting a cap on the number of failed log-in attempts, and deactivating inactive accounts.
For organizations running their big data in a cloud environment, they can depend on their cloud service provider to automate the setup and configuration of the necessary security.
Gathering Intelligence from Big Data Analytics
Data is only as good as the intelligence it provides to organizations. It is not just a historical log of events, but a source of valuable information for all types of companies to grow their businesses.
Data analytics helps businesses use data to identify new opportunities such as new markets and new products that customers want. Analytics also helps decision makers make better choices that steer their companies to achieve better business results.
Contact Copper State Communications to learn more about how our cloud storage offerings can help secure your data.