The Results Are In – Strata + Hadoop World San Jose Survey

In February, HP Security Voltage attended the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in San Jose. Over the duration of the conference, HP Security Voltage conducted an anonymous survey querying attendees about their protection of sensitive data, and their current approach to securing data in Hadoop. With almost 200 attendees participating, the results are revealing and show that protecting sensitive data in Hadoop is a top-of-mind concern for over 70% of the survey participants.

Below is a quick summary of the survey results:

  •  70% of the survey participants said their business currently uses some form of sensitive data such as PCI (payment card information), PII (personal identity information) or PHI (protected health information).
  •  When it comes to protecting that sensitive data, 52% said they are protecting that sensitive data using encryption and 21% are protecting with tokenization.
  • 67% of the survey attendees said they were currently planning big data projects involving sensitive data.
  • When asked what kind of sensitive data they need to secure for their Big Data projects, 44% said they need to secure credit card numbers, 41% need to secure social security numbers, 66% need to secure names and addresses and 53% need to secure date of birth.
  • When asked what Hadoop distribution they use, many are using more than one distribution: 46% are using Cloudera, 29% are using Hortonworks, 15% are using MapR, 8% are using IBM and 32% are using a proprietary tool.

In October, our team covered Strata + Hadoop World NY and asked the same questions of those attendees. There was a noticeable difference in the types of sensitive data their projects needed to secure. Perhaps it is due to the latest headlines surrounding data breaches showcasing the need to secure sensitive data. Compared to the attendees’ answers from Strata + Hadoop World New York, 41% of respondents at San Jose stated they need to secure SSN’s vs. 27% at Strata NYC and 66% of respondents at San Jose stated they needed to secure names and addresses vs. 45% at Strata NYC.

As Hadoop adoption continues to accelerate, data security clearly becomes a key consideration. Data-centric protection, such as that delivered by HP SecureData secures the data itself through high-performance HP Format-Preserving Encryption and HP Stateless Secure Tokenization.

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