Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Comments
Big Data & The Security Skills Shortage
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
PSchlampp
50%
50%
PSchlampp,
User Rank: Author
5/1/2015 | 2:53:20 PM
Re: Dream Job - Opportunity for the Industry
Christian – Thanks for the response. I agree with your assessment, it is a dream job, but I fear that it's a dream job for only a handful of people. I will borrow from the well published quote – "A data scientist is someone who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician". You can expand that quote to say – A security analyst needs to be a better security expert than data scientist and software engineer, and a better data scientist than a security expert and software engineer. . .and you get the rest". My point is that while there will be smart people that work in all three domains and can acquire the right skill set – the industry needs people with these skills in vast numbers not only a handful. As a security professional and with faith in human ingenuity, I would rather have security analysts combat cybercriminals and defend my organization over machines. As a vendor, what we can do is provide the right tools and data insights to the security analyst so that they are spending all their time making decisions as opposed to collecting and preparing data for analysis.
RetiredUser
50%
50%
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
4/30/2015 | 5:48:02 PM
Dream Job - Opportunity for the Industry
While I agree that this analyst probably doesn't exist in the formal InfoSec organization, I'd argue that there are probably hackers out there that actually have the needed skillset but haven't touched on every area you've noted with full expertise.  What I think you are describing, however, is a dream job.  I think there is an opportunity here for the InfoSec industry to build out the skillset requirements and the education needs toward honing these skills into a certifiable InfoSec career role.  Understand, the result might have to be a whole new collection of tools; I've read several books on data science and have been wowed by the Python and R code out there some data scientists are using to work with data on the scale you describe.  Marry that to either several years' experience in the underground, or working as a white hat in corporate environments, and you have your unicorn.  

I think if this could become a certification track, not only would the InfoSec sector be the better for it, but, damn, would the work-day get that much more interesting and enjoyable for some lucky geeks :-)
HM
50%
50%
HM,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/30/2015 | 2:12:11 PM
Big Data
Peter, great article. We are seeing an increase in businesses seeking specialized skills to help address challenges that arose with the era of big data. The open source HPCC Systems platform from LexisNexis helps to fill this gap by allowing data analysts themselves to own the complete data lifecycle. Designed by data scientists, the programming language called ECL is declarative and expresses data algorithms across the entire HPCC platform. Their built-in analytics libraries for Machine Learning and BI integration provide a complete integrated solution from data ingestion and data processing to data delivery. HPCC Systems provides proven solutions to handle what are now called Big Data problems, and have been doing so for more than a decade.
Ulf Mattsson
100%
0%
Ulf Mattsson,
User Rank: Moderator
4/29/2015 | 2:23:14 PM
A wider skill shortage
I agree that "in the security space, its next to impossible to find security professionals with just one of these specialized, essential skill sets." I'm also concerned about all sensitive business data that we are collecting in Big Data.

I think that Big Data is changing the way we are dealing with data. Unfortunately, many organizations have rushed into Big Data focused solely on ROI, and privacy is an afterthought. Many companies are now collecting data files into Big Data environments without fully understand what specific sensitive information that is hidden in those files.

Since there is a shortage in Big Data skills and an industry-wide shortage in data security personnel, many organizations don't even know they are doing anything wrong from a security perspective. In many cases they do not have the resources to analyze before collecting huge volumes of data files.

I think that many organizations shortly will be struggling with a major big data barrier:

1. I think a big data security crisis is likely to occur very soon and few organizations have the ability to deal with it.
2. We have little knowledge about data loss or theft in big data environments.
3. I imagine it is happening today but has not been disclosed to the public.

I recently read the Gartner Report "Big Data Needs a Data-Centric Security Focus" concluding "In order to avoid security chaos, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) need to approach big data through a data-centric approach. The report suggests that new data-centric audit and protection solutions and management approaches are required.

I noted that companies are starting to follow these guidelines. For example, Hortonworks Hadoop distribution for Big Data recently released the types of features that Gartner is recommending, including data tokenization (on the node!), advanced HDFS Encryption, key management and auditing.

Ulf Mattsson, CTO Protegrity


Edge-DRsplash-10-edge-articles
I Smell a RAT! New Cybersecurity Threats for the Crypto Industry
David Trepp, Partner, IT Assurance with accounting and advisory firm BPM LLP,  7/9/2021
News
Attacks on Kaseya Servers Led to Ransomware in Less Than 2 Hours
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  7/7/2021
Commentary
It's in the Game (but It Shouldn't Be)
Tal Memran, Cybersecurity Expert, CYE,  7/9/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Concerns over supply chain vulnerabilities and attack visibility drove some significant changes in enterprise cybersecurity strategies over the past year. Dark Reading's 2021 Strategic Security Survey showed that many organizations are staying the course regarding the use of a mix of attack prevention and threat detection technologies and practices for dealing with cyber threats.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-42556
PUBLISHED: 2021-10-22
Rasa X before 0.42.4 allows Directory Traversal during archive extraction. In the functionality that allows a user to load a trained model archive, an attacker has arbitrary write capability within specific directories via a crafted archive file.
CVE-2021-42840
PUBLISHED: 2021-10-22
SuiteCRM before 7.11.19 allows remote code execution via the system settings Log File Name setting. In certain circumstances involving admin account takeover, logger_file_name can refer to an attacker-controlled PHP file under the web root, because only the all-lowercase PHP file extensions were blo...
CVE-2021-29835
PUBLISHED: 2021-10-22
IBM Business Automation Workflow 18.0, 19.0, 20.0, and 21.0 is vulnerable to cross-site scripting. This vulnerability allows users to embed arbitrary JavaScript code in the Web UI thus altering the intended functionality potentially leading to credentials disclosure within a trusted session. IBM X...
CVE-2021-41171
PUBLISHED: 2021-10-22
eLabFTW is an open source electronic lab notebook manager for research teams. In versions of eLabFTW before 4.1.0, it allows attackers to bypass a brute-force protection mechanism by using many different forged PHPSESSID values in HTTP Cookie header. This issue has been addressed by implementing bru...
CVE-2021-42836
PUBLISHED: 2021-10-22
GJSON before 1.9.3 allows a ReDoS (regular expression denial of service) attack.