August 30, 2012 – An industry cloud group will join Fujitsu to identify best practices and techniques for big data security and privacy problems.

Fujitsu Laboratories of America and the Cloud Security Alliance made a joint call for participation and input into its CSA Big Data Working Group. According to a news release, the group will seek to provide research and guidelines on six themes surrounding big data security and privacy: big data-scale crypto; cloud infrastructure; data analytics for security; framework and taxonomy; policy and governance; and privacy. In addition, the CSA Big Data Working Group will choose liaisons with other organizations to coordinate development of these standards and reach out to outside organizations and government entities.

In the near-term, the group will look to develop an “experimental platform of test data sets” from industry verticals like e-commerce and health care, with its first report on organizational and technical problems in addressing big data security and privacy, due this fall.

“Everyday 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are being created resulting in a myriad number of data security and cloud-computing security concerns,” said Sreeranga Rajan, director of software systems innovation at Fujitsu Laboratories of America. “By collaborating as a global community of thought leaders and researchers, we are not only looking to help the industry overcome these challenges but also to leverage new opportunities for the monitoring and detection of security threats enabled by big data.”

The group is led by Fujitsu’s Rajan, and co-chairs Neel Sundaresan of eBay and Wilco Van Ginkel of Verizon.

Big data standards have been in the crosshairs of IT vendor groups and industry trade associations over the last year, and enterprises are only starting to take appraisal of the range of solutions and services available to bump up their analytics payload. Other big data efforts are already underway by the Open Data Center Alliance and the Storage Networking Industry Association, as well as from the industry-side of concerns by groups like communications organization TM Forum.

Earlier this month, the Cloud Security Alliance announced a partnership with the U.K.’s organization, BSI, over a three-tier grading and transparency effort of cloud computing vendors.

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