In October, Voltage Security attended the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York. Over the duration of the show, Voltage conducted an anonymous survey querying attendees about their protection of sensitive data, and their current approach to securing data in Hadoop. With over 224 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:

  • Seventy-five percent 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 (personal health information).
  • When it comes to protecting that sensitive data, 51 percent said they are protecting that sensitive data using encryption and 17 percent are protecting with tokenization.
  • Nearly 70% of the survey attendees said they are planning big data projects involving sensitive data.
  • When asked what kind of sensitive data they need to secure for their Big Data projects, 35% said they need to secure credit card numbers, 27% need to secure social security numbers, 45% need to secure names and addresses and 29% need to secure date of birth.

As Hadoop adoption continues to accelerate across the enterprise landscape, data security clearly becomes a key consideration. As the survey reveals, well over two-thirds of Hadoop projects will involve some form of sensitive data, from credit cards to customer names and addresses. Data-centric protection, such as that delivered by Voltage SecureDataTM secures the data itself through high performance Voltage Format Preserving EncryptionTM and Voltage Stateless Secure TokenizationTM.

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