Cloud Security Alliance’s Big Data Working Group Targets Security, Privacy

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has launched a Big Data Working Group to explore best practices and technology solutions for big data privacy and security, especially for sensitive data in the areas of government, health care and ecommerce.

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bigdata_secThe Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has launched a Big Data Working Group to explore best practices and technology solutions for big data privacy and security, especially for sensitive data in the areas of government, health care and ecommerce. 

The CSA’s big data initiative is spearheaded by Fujitsu Laboratories of America, eBay and Verizon.. CSA’s initial Big Data Working Group charter document noted that “traditional security mechanisms, which are tailored to securing small scale static (as opposed to streaming) data, are inadequate [for big data].” 

The CSA document also noted why big data needs better solutions.   

“Security and privacy issues are magnified by velocity, volume, and variety of big data, such as large-scale cloud infrastructures, diversity of data sources and formats, streaming nature of data acquisition and high volume inter-cloud migration. . . . For example, analytics for anomaly detection would generate too many outliers. Similarly, it is not clear how to retrofit provenance in existing cloud infrastructures. Streaming data demands ultra-fast response times from security and privacy solutions.”

CSA’s Big Data Working Group will indentify scalable techniques for data-centric security and privacy problems. The group hopes its investigation will lead to these benefits:

  • Crystallize best practices for security and privacy in big data
  • Help industry and government on adoption of best practices
  • Establish liaisons with other organizations to coordinate the development of big data security and privacy standards
  • Accelerate the adoption of novel research aimed at addressing security and privacy issues
  • Draft research proposals for joint funding by government and industry initiatives.


Further, the group will focus efforts on these six themes: big data-scale crypto; cloud infrastructures; data analytics for security; framework and taxonomy; policy and governance; privacy.

The CSA Big Data Working Group is headed up by Sreeranga Rajan of Fujitsu Laboratories of America. “Everyday 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are being created, resulting in a myriad number of data security and cloud-computing security concerns,” said Rajan, who is also director of Fujitsu Laboratories of America’s software systems innovation unit. 

Working together as a global community of thought leaders and researchers, the CSA’s new group will help industry overcome these challenges and take advantage of opportunities for monitoring and detecting the security threats enabled by big data, Raman added. “We invite companies from around the world facing big data challenges to join us in this important research effort,” said Yasunori Kimura, President and CEO of Fujitsu Laboratories of America, in a statement.

The CSA’s Big Data Working Group is co-chaired by Neel Sundaresan of eBay and Wilco Van Ginkel of Verizon.

CSA’s Big Data Working Group is aiming to reach several key milestones by the end of 2012, including:

  • Establishing experimental platform of test data sets from different industry verticals (such as e-commerce and healthcare).
  • Providing a summary report of the state-of-the-art for big data security and privacy.
  • Proposing best practices.
  • Identifying gaps that cannot be solved with current technologies.
  • Seeking funding from government and private industry “to execute research plans.”


By mid-2013, CSA’s Big Data Working Group looks to “establish security and privacy test beds” for big data cloud platforms, according to the group’s charter document.




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