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Digital SecurityHadoop developer Cloudera on Monday announced the strengthening of its security offerings with the acquisition of Gazzang, a big data security specialist. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but Cloudera said the addition will immediately deliver enterprise-grade data encryption and key management, addressing the challenges associated with securing and processing sensitive and legally protected data within the Hadoop ecosystem.

The move will fulfill a key requirement in compliance regulations like HIPAA-HITECH, PCI-DSS, FERPA and the EU Data Protection Directive.

Cloudera now offers encryption for all data-at-rest stored inside the Hadoop cluster – using an approach that is transparent to applications using the data, thereby minimizing the costs associated with enabling encryption, the company said. It added that it plans to focus the efforts of the Gazzang team on additional security challenges in Hadoop, making the team the heart of the Cloudera Center for Security Excellence focusing exclusively on Hadoop security.

The company will also be working with Intel to form a team of big data security and silicon performance optimization experts that will improve security in core Hadoop through the open source community, accelerating security features into project Rhino—an open source effort founded by Intel in early 2013. Project Rhino is a broad based open source security architecture addressing many of the major pillars of enterprise security including: perimeter security, entitlements and access control and data protection.

“Data security is no longer a checkbox for IT organizations or operations departments, it has become a top business priority,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer, Cloudera. “At the same time compliance requirements for protecting data continue to expand in scope where data access comes under scrutiny. We’re entering a whole new era with the rise of the Industrial Internet and the Internet of Things where there is vastly more data being streamed from billions of devices. Centralizing and accessing that net-new data to unlock its value is therefore a challenge when you consider the security requirements. That’s what we’re solving now.”

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