Survey finds lack of understanding of big data or how to manage it

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More than a third of security and IT operations professionals do not understand the concept of 'big data'.

More than a third of security and IT operations professionals do not understand the concept of 'big data'.

A survey of 207 security and IT operations professionals by LogLogic found "significant" gaps between theory and practice, across industries, with regard to preparation for and management of big data and cloud environments.

Just under half (49 per cent) said they were "somewhat" or "very" concerned about managing big data, and 38 per cent said they do not have a clear understanding of what big data is. Also, 59 per cent lacked the tools required to manage data from their IT systems, resorting to using separate, disparate systems and even spreadsheets.

Although the survey did not ask respondents to classify the types of data they manage, 62 per cent of the respondents manage over one terabyte of data and over two-thirds (67 per cent) said that managing log and IT data was either "important" or "extremely important".

Mandeep Khera, chief marketing officer of LogLogic, said: “Big data is about many terabytes of unstructured data. Information is power and big data, if managed properly, can provide a ton of insight to help deal with security, operational and compliance issues.

“Organisations of every size are collecting more data from a variety of sources within the enterprise and the cloud infrastructures, and many organisations are not using the right tools and processes to manage this data. If this pattern continues, we will see enterprises falling farther behind, unable to derive actionable insights that can help organisations make intelligent decisions.”

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