Data security threats are able to be minimized and controlled with IBM’s launch of a Security Intelligence with Big Data platform, but does the platform include a proper erasure plan?

According to IBM’s Big Data platform, “we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.” Needless to say, a system to manage “big data” was more than necessary. The term “big data” translates as a massive collection of data that is too complex for companies to utilize with traditional data processing applications. Software tools and updated processes and procedures allow a company to successfully analyze and store legitimate data and protect internal operations from data security threats.

This innovative platform has the ability to enhance a company’s data analysis process while heightening the data security system. It serves to discover all portals of information and analyze structured and unstructured information to assist in the decision making process. As for data security, the platform integrates information governance, which protects and cleanses while delivering legitimate information.

IBM’s Big Data Security platform covers four different dimensions that are vital in preventing a potential security breach and data security threats:

Volume

With the endless amount of data enterprises store each day, a strong data security program is necessary to decipher the harmless information from the viruses. The platform also assists in utilizing all data outlets throughout the company, as opposed to subsets, which results in a very limited analysis.

Velocity

Information floods into systems every second of the day, meaning time is of the essence when detecting fraudulent and harmful data. IBM’s data security platform conducts real-time data security checks while streaming the incoming data..

Variety

Information can take any shape or size, whether it be text, audio, video, etc. When analyzing the structured and unstructured data simultaneously, companies can discover new insights and, in turn, have a competitive advantage to companies that cannot access all of their data at one time.

Veracity

One in three significant decision makers in a business do not even trust the information they are using to make a decision. Because data derives from countless sources, it is difficult for companies to solve a problem or implement a new policy when they cannot fully trust their resources.

The threat on data security is a growing issue in companies all over the world. With IBM’s Big Data platform, the technology and consulting company hopes to be the key player for the next few years in enhancing corporate and homeland security, and detecting and preventing cyber-attacks.

Clearly, the Big Data platform is extremely useful during the beginning and middle stages of data collection and management; however, with the massive amount of data and sensitive information able to be stored, data erasure is a concern. Is the Big Data platform equipped for companies to individually wipe their system clean? Or will they require a certified ITAD partner? Even experts admit the Big Data platform is not justifiable for every company if not utilized properly, so will this prove true for data erasure? Organizations will each have their own management and analysis method for data collection, which leads to the question: Are we ready to dispose of that much information when it becomes obsolete?