In order to avoid security chaos, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) need to approach big data through a data-centric approach, according to a new report by Gartner.

Analysts reckon that over 80 percent of organizations will fail to initiate a consolidated data security policy across all their data silos by 2016, resulting in potential non-compliance, security breaches and financial liabilities. As such, the report suggests that new data-centric audit and protection solutions and management approaches are required.

“Businesses have traditionally managed data within structured and unstructured silos, driven by inherent requirements to deploy relational database management systems, file storage systems and unstructured file shares,” says Brian Lowans, principal research analyst at Gartner. “However, the advent of big data and cloud storage environments is transforming the way in which data is stored, accessed and processed, and CISOs need to develop a data-centric security approach.”

To account for these potential security problems, Gartner offers a couple of suggestions to boost security. Firstly, CISOs need to evaluate their security practices and policies against current implementation of DCAP (Data link switching Client Access Protocol). Second, the report suggests that CISOs should attempt to find “weaknesses in their data security policies, and evaluate these risks against possible DCAP solutions.”

“Although the ability to apply a data security governance policy across data silos is also becoming paramount, the market has so far failed to offer CISOs the data-centric audit and protection (DCAP) products they need to operate across all silos with consistency,” adds Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner.

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