Big Data in Cloud Technology


Although many perceive big data and cloud technology as two separate ideas, some services combine both to make big data approachable for any size business. This technological approach has gone on to save high costs in keeping the big data and training qualified IT teams to manage it

Unlimited Resources

Cloud computing has been key in scaling businesses due to lower costs in purchasing space in the cloud – much more than managing physical data centres. Cloud technology provides unlimited resources essential towards big data management due to organizations having the ability to purchase more space within the cloud.

When businesses want to manage big data in the cloud, there needs to be knowledge around the common vulnerabilities of cloud technology in use. When merging big data with the cloud, you get the convenience but also the security risks that come with it.

To have a working cloud requires a connection to the internet. Any outages will create issues that you would not experience if you use big data in a traditional way. If your internet connection fails or lags, you may lose access to your big data or your team’s productivity and workflow will be disrupted. This would require your cloud network provider to also be connected.

Configuration Errors

Mistakes in cloud configuration also create a major vulnerability for infrastructures that are the main causes of cyberattacks and breaches in the cloud. Misconfigurations are quite common during cloud migrations, and disruptions can occur at any time from glitches, errors and mistakes that are hard to spot. These pose a significant security risk that is ripe for exploitation.

Managing big data within the cloud introduces differences in compliance standards from country to country. This will require certifications for necessary compliance standards for each nation to ensure you are safe from possible violations. When migrating to the cloud, this is an especially concerning area.

Although cloud technology is convenient for its ability to access it virtually from anywhere in the world, it also provides a major security threat in security and data protection. Monitoring and setting solutions to prevent data loss can aid in preventing unauthorised access to the cloud infrastructure, and different levels of restrictions and access for people connecting to the network can protect businesses.

Greater Control

Access management, along with limited access to individuals, reduces risks of misconfigurations in the cloud and allows greater control of the network.

Securing big data on the cloud is poles apart from protecting physical data stored in a centre. If using the cloud for the management of big data, cloud network dependence may be beyond your control – but some steps can be taken.

Being familiar with governing regulations towards storing, access and managing data and having the tools and protocols in place to scan for suspicious activity and damaging cyberattacks to the cloud is the first step to take.

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