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Big data stretch: Dell EMC goes elastic in new partnership

Late last month Dell EMC announced the Elastic Data Platform, designed to augment big data deployments with scalability and stronger controls around user access. The news was jointly released not just by Dell EMC, but through two of its key partners: BlueData Inc. and BlueTalon Inc. Such partner-driven solutions have become expected in enterprise computing — how else can an industry manage the increasing complexities of data management?

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Inside Dell EMC’s New Soup-to-Nuts Data Science Platform

… Dell EMC set out to find the best third-party tools to help them… That search led them to the Attivio for governance and data cataloging; BlueTalon for role-based access control and security; and Zaloni for data ingestion. The Data Governor component is based on BlueTalon’s software and provides tight security of Hadoop-resident data.
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BlueTalon CEO sees sharp need for data-centric security

With roots in Silicon Valley’s great enterprise software flagship Oracle, experience riding another rocket ship (Intuit, as Quicken became the world’s money management program), having lived inside the web tornado with his startup Netcentives, then managed a rollercoaster in Zynga (of Farmville game fame) and via roles in VC, Eric Tilenius has the sort of CV that appears custom-written for his current gig as CEO of Redwood City, California security software startup BlueTalon.

The technology sector is an area that provides lots of lessons and some of them are even worth paying attention to. It’s also a place where towering egos can threaten to damage the most solid platforms but Tilenius strikes me as a calm man, not given to hyperbole, when we speak recently by transatlantic phone call. The thread to his career, he says, is making complex things easy and secure, even if he has not worked in a security specialist firm before.

BlueTalon is just three years old but in August this year the company received $16m in VC funding and Tilenius has high hopes of building a huge force in data security by focusing on the data itself rather than the perimeter boundary or the endpoint device, the two well-trodden tracks taken by most in the field.
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How one company is keeping data secure in the enterprise

Technology is evolving and data is everywhere. The real issue is how to keep everything secure. With open-source platforms becoming more popular, how does an enterprise protects its digital assets? Blue Talon provides enterprises with the assurance they want by creating the security they need.

BlueTalon is changing the way companies look at data security. It creates a safe environment that “allows users to access data in a governed and secure way,” said James. The company applies a series of policies and governances that function across platforms.

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BlueTalon Brings New-Gen Security Layer to Hadoop Systems

Data-centric security is one of the hot buttons of IT right now. This is the kind of encryption security that surrounds a data file and follows it through the Internet, all its networking and myriad servers until it rests in a storage bank.

What BlueTalon is doing is helping define a large trend in IT in which the primary function is the management and manipulation of data itself, rather than security focused primarily on the application, networking or storage. This type of security follows the data item or store around wherever it travels—on-premises or off.

This is as close to airtight a concept as there can be when it comes to securing the Internet of things, in which data created automatically by devices will soon become an ocean of content that in no way can be handled efficiently by network and storage admins.BlueTalon founder and Chief Product Officer Pratik Verma gave a presentation March 30 at the Strata+Hadoop conference here at the McEnery Convention Center. In the session, “Three Principles for a Data-centric Security Architecture to Simplify Your Life,” Verma talked about the need to embrace a new security architecture to protect sensitive data in a big data environment.

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Innovations In Cybersecurity At RSA 2016

At the 25th RSA 2016, it will be the year of Security + Machine Learning + Artificial Intelligence.

With global cyber spending expected to reach $170 billion by 2020, startups & legacy companies alike will be competing for this ever growing pie. And thanks to Obama’s latest push for $14 billion in new Federal spending on cybersecurity, even defense contractors like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics want a seat at the table in this new arms race.

Big Data: Hot Market, Cool Products

Security for Big Data: Pratik Verma, Founder of Blue Talon (backed by Data Collective) says “Rapid, organic evolution of the data ecosystem makes it really difficult for businesses to specify what data should be protected. Security teams cannot become data scientists overnight. And with security controls siloed in different parts of the data stacks, this problem can become intractable. Decisions like “who can do what with which data” should be made easily. Centralized enforcement with clarity on protection of data in use can make their life a lot easier.”

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9 Hot Big Data and Analytics Startups to Watch

imagesHadoop recently celebrated its 10th birthday, advanced analytics have become even more sophisticated, and a plethora of startups have arisen to help organizations wrangle all the data and pull out insights. With all that in mind, here are nine big data and analytics startups to watch.

BlueTalon offers data-centric security for big data, including Hadoop and SQL, through the use of fine-grained access control and the introduction of dynamic masking capabilities on the Hadoop Distributed File System. It works on all distributions of Hadoop, and also works on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

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The 10 Coolest Big Data Products Of 2015

crn-logo Big Data: Hot Market, Cool Products

The big data technology market remains one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry. In November, market research firm IDC said the market for big data-related infrastructure, software and services will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 23.1 percent through 2019, with spending reaching $48.6 billion in 2019. Specifically, sales of big data software are expected to grow at a CAGR of 26.2 percent during that span.

So it’s no wonder that new big data products continue to hit.

#4: BlueTalon Policy Engine

BlueTalon’s software provides data-centric security across Hadoop, SQL and other big data environments. The BlueTalon Policy Engine specifically addresses Hadoop’s security shortcomings by helping IT manage data access when departments and even individuals require different levels of authorization to view the same data.

In July, BlueTalon struck a deal with Microsoft to integrate the Policy Engine with Microsoft’s Azure HDInsight, Microsoft’s Hadoop deployment on its Azure cloud platform. In August, Hadoop software developer Cloudera certified BlueTalon for its distribution of Hadoop.

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Data-Centric Security – An Effective Line of Defense against Data Breaches

In this special guest feature, Eric Tilenius of BlueTalon highlights the four main reasons why companies should adopt data-centric security. Eric Tilenius is CEO of BlueTalon, a leading provider of data-centric security for Hadoop, SQL, and big data initiatives. The BlueTalon Policy Engine delivers precise, consistent, and dynamic user access controls to effectively protect sensitive data in hybrid environments, giving enterprises unparalleled flexibility in the management of their data resources. Eric is an experienced technology executive who has led multiple technology companies to success. Prior to joining BlueTalon, he was an executive-in-residence at Scale Venture Partners.

The stark reality for enterprise security is that hackers continue to operate almost at will, bypassing defenses, and causing data breaches that have significant impact on consumers, businesses and governments. It’s fair to assume that if hackers want to get into your networks, they’re going to get into your networks.

While much focus is placed on network security, endpoint protection, and perimeter defenses, compromised valid credentials continue to be one of the single greatest causes of data breaches.

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New York Startup Showcase reveals what’s needed in the data industry


At this year’s Startup Showcase at Strata + Hadoop World New York, the judges’ choices were for collaboration, awarding the top three spots to tools that help developers share and use each other’s work. At the same time, attendees’ eyes were on security and data privacy.

The audience favorite was BlueTalon, which delivers a data security tool that enforces policies around visibility within a data repository. The old way to secure data was to make multiple copies of the original data during the extract, transform, and load stage, each copy containing different subsets of the original data, and then to give users access to one based on their permissions. This led to multiple independent versions, inconsistencies, and data corruption. Instead, BlueTalon moves the decision about data permission to the moment when a user asks for data, thus avoiding the inefficiencies and complexity that are often the results of this kind of standardization. At the Startup Showcase, Blue Talon launched HDFS-level security enforcement, providing fine-grained data protection for Hadoop. The company plans to launch more tools, specifically ones for regulated industries that apply consistent security policies across data stores, while maintaining a verifiable audit trail.

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BlueTalon Delivers Fine-Grain Protection of HDFS Data


BlueTalon today announced that its big data security software now supports the enforcement of fine-grained authorization policies and masking of HDFS data. This will enable customers to control access to Hadoop data using the same tool they use to control access to enterprise data warehouses and relational databases, the company says.

One of the problems with implementing data-centric security in a big data world is the fact that data lives in multiple places. While many organizations are building big data lakes within Hadoop, those lakes often supplements existing data warehouse environments. And when one considers how many databases and repositories enterprises run for operational systems–from Oracle (ORCL) and MySQL to IBM (IBM) DB2 and Microsoft(MSFT) SQL Server–enforcing data access policies through multiple vendors’ database-specific choke points can quickly get out of hand.

BlueTalon CEO Eric Tilenius likens this state of affairs to “security chaos.” “If you literally only have one database company’s software and you want to get an access control system from them, you might be able to get away with it,” Telenius tells Datanami. “But when you say ‘I’ve got Cloudera and IBM Netezza and Hortonworks and Postgres and Greenplum–the minute you do that, [you fall into] what Gartner calls security chaos.”

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BlueTalon brings Hadoop security down to the file system


Big data can mean big threats to security, thanks to the tempting volumes of information that may sit waiting for hackers to peruse. BlueTalon hopes to tackle that problem with what it calls the first-ever filtering and dynamic masking capabilities for use directly on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

Though Hadoop has enjoyed widespread popularity for big data purposes, the technology’s core didn’t originally contain any security controls, said Nik Rouda, a senior analyst with ESG Research.

“It’s only been recent years when the main distribution vendors — Cloudera, IBM, Hortonworks, MapR — starting to add this functionality as a prerequisite for adoption by enterprises,” Rouda said.

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BlueTalon builds data security directly into Hadoop


The sheer amount of data stored in Hadoop clusters makes them a natural target for hackers, but organizations don’t have too many good options to achieve the level of security needed to rise up to the threat. BlueTalon Inc. hopes to change that with a new iteration of its policy enforcement engine that implements privacy measures directly into the analytics framework.

That means the restrictions that an administrator sets in the software automatically apply to every single application that tries to access the Hadoop File System. BlueTalon thus kills two birds with one stone, saving customers the hassle of individually implementing security controls in every workload that uses data from the framework while allowing for more consistent enforcement.

In the large organizations where the majority of production-grade Hadoop clusters are found, that efficiency gain is multiplied by all the dozens of different departmental processes that depend on the platform. And that’s not to mention the saved overhead from not having to keep that many application-specific privacy controls up-to-date as operational requirements evolve.

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Policy engine aims to provide security for big data infrastructure


Organizations have been rapidly adopting Hadoop and other big data technologies over the past several years, but it has been accompanied by a steady undercurrent of concern about the state of enterprise-grade security.

While Hadoop distribution vendors and the open source community have been working to add security and governance features to Hadoop, Redwood City, Calif.-based startupBlueTalon has been developing a policy engine intended to span an organization’s data infrastructure, providing fine-grained access control and data masking for Hadoop clusters, relational database management systems (RDBMS), NoSQL data stores and more, on-premise, in the cloud and in hybrid cloud environments.

“We’re the only company that’s coming at this at an enterprise-wide basis,” says Eric Tilenius, CEO of BlueTalon and formerly executive-in-residence at Scale Venture Partners. “Companies don’t have one data system. Being able to have one consistent access control is really important to data-centric security. We work across all the various data sources.”

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True Data Security Starts with User Access Control


These days, data breaches affecting both consumers and businesses make headlines regularly, including the massive, high-profile heists of personal information from Anthem and iCloud. The intricacies of securing the growing amount and variety of data that organizations possess present unique challenges that are difficult to overcome.

At the core of the risk of data breach are the very technology solutions that organizations are implementing to leverage the power of big data. Platforms such as Hadoop offer many compelling advantages including cost savings, innovative analytic capabilities and scalability. However, they also expose organizations to the enormous risk of the large trove of data stored in massive data lakes falling into the wrong hands.

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BlueTalon Sets New Bar for Hadoop Security


BlueTalon, provider of unmatched data security solutions for Hadoop, announced availability of the BlueTalon Policy Engine 2.0. The technology ushers in a new era of truly secure Hadoop clusters by solving the single biggest source of data breaches – lack of fine grained data access controls – to make Hadoop security on par with or better than traditional enterprise data warehouse security.

Forty-two percent of all data breaches are traced back to inadequate data access control. Now, for the first time, the BlueTalon Policy Engine empowers enterprises with fine-grained data access control and provisioning to address these specific issues and provide IT with the exact technology required to easily provide access tailored to each individual, group or division in an organization.

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BlueTalon, hoping to be the bouncer for your big data, gets $5M more


BlueTalon, a startup concerning itself with restricting people’s access to data sitting inside the Hadoop open-source big-data software, is announcing today that it’s secured $5 million as it prepares to accept lots of new customers.

Also today, BlueTalon is taking the covers off its Policy Engine software that allows admins to set fine-grained controls about who can see what data inside of Hadoop, all the way down to rows, columns, and even cells. The system can also tell admins what people managed to access, as well as what people attempted to access but were not permitted to.

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Will Poor Data Security Handicap Hadoop?

Companies around the world are looking to Hadoop as a platform on which to perform big data analytics. Every day, petabytes of data are flowing into Hadoop clusters with the aim of giving them a competitive edge. However, the overall lack of built-in security threatens to hamper the open source platform’s spread before it’s really gotten off the ground.

If you set out to build a big data platform today, chances are good that data security would be one of the top priorities in the effort. Every week seems brings news of yet another massive data breach. In the 14 months, Anthem Blue Cross, Target, Home Depot, Staples, and JPMorgan Chase have collectively lost hundreds of millions customer records, including names, addresses, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers.

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Startup Showcase winners reflect the data industry’s maturity

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At Strata + Hadoop World 2015 in San Jose last week, we ran an event for data-driven startups. This is the fourth year for the Startup Showcase, and it’s become a fixture of the conference. One of our early winners, MemSQL, has since raised $50 million in financing, and it’s a good way for companies to get visibility with investors, analysts, and attendees.

This year’s winners underscore several important trends in the big data space at the moment: the maturity of management tools; the deployment of machine learning in other verticals; an increased focus on privacy and permissions; and the convergence of enterprise languages like SQL with distributed, schema-less data stacks.

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BlueTalon nets $1.5M to be the bouncer for your big data


Imagine your big data is the hottest nightclub in town. Everyone wants in. But as the owner, you have to be picky.

BlueTalon is your bouncer.

BlueTalon has developed a means to only grant access to certain slices of the data to certain employees, who can then analyze the data with business-intelligence software or push it into applications.

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BlueTalon is another company that’s addressing Hadoop’s security shortcomings. Specifically, it’s working to resolve the problem of how to manage data access when departments, and even individuals, require different levels of authorization to view the same data.

The BlueTalon Policy Engine helps secure Hadoop clusters by enforcing granular data-centric access control policies and provisioning throughout an organization. The technology provides realtime data-access authorization at the row, column and even cell level at runtime for each query. The software safeguards data by developing, enforcing and auditing data-access policies.

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BlueTalon raises $5M, sets sights on securing Hadoop

BlueTalon, a database security startup that launched last year around the goal of enabling secure data collaboration, has shifted its focus to Hadoop and is set to release its first product. The company has also raised an additional $5 million in venture capital, it announced on Monday, from Signia Venture Partners, Biosys Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Stanford-StartX Fund, Divergent Ventures, Berggruen Holdings and seed investor Data Collective.

Eric Tilenius, BlueTalon’s CEO, told me during an interview that the company decided to pivot and focus on Hadoop because it kept running into a “gaping hole” while speaking with potential customers.

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Wiretap: Eric Tilenius Is Back In The CEO Saddle

Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives. Eric Tilenius keeps proving him wrong. Tilenius launched his first company in junior high (building software for Radio Shack TRS-80s!), then after Stanford climbed the rungs at Oracle and Intuit before launching Netcentives in 1995. The company, which helped online shoppers earn frequent flier miles, went public a few years later and at its peak boasted a $3 billion market cap.

Though Netcentives eventually went bankrupt, like a lot of its dot-com ilk, that happened long after Tilenius had departed. He spent much of the next decade as a startup consultant and angel investor before joining Zynga, where he was general manager of the game-maker’s wildly popular Mafia Wars.

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