Throughout recent decades, cybercriminals have proved to be pretty adept at turning innocent technologies to dastardly ends. From Word macros to Google docs, email to cloud-based processing, each time some clever individual comes up with a good idea, some equally bright bad guy thinks of something nefarious to do with it.
The latest buzz around 'big data' - a.k.a. the ability to derive insight from huge quantities of information - is likely to prove no exception. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say, so what kinds of risks does big data bring, and what can organisations do about them?
To answer this, we can first look at the two main areas where big data is said to be of benefit. First, it is seen as an extension to traditional analytics, offering (in the simplest terms) mechanisms to derive insight from larger quantities of information than in the past.
Second, given its...