Big Data is redefining the Multi-Billion Security industry

Security

A recent study by ASIS International and the Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM) called “The United States Security Industry: Size and Scope Insights, Trends, and Data” published some very interesting stats:

  • $350 Billion market breaks out to $282 billion in private sector spending and $69 billion in federal goverment spending on homeland security
  • The number of full-time security workers is estimated to be between 1.9 and 2.1 million.
  • Operational (non-IT) private security spending is estimated to be $202 billion with expected growth of 5.5 percent in 2013; IT-related private security market is estimated at $80 billion with growth of 9 percent projected for 2013

I’m interested particularly in the Tech market, focused in three key sectors: Cloud Security, Mobile Security and Network Security. I have written some posts about Security, because I enjoy to study this market, and with the increasing interest for enterprise and personal privacy; I know that this market have the potential to grow exponentially.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7: A game changer for Big Data Cloud-based Apps

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta

I´m a long and proud Linux user since 2006, and in my geek life like a Linux user and advocate; I´ve used more than 20 different Linux distros since the days of compiling from stage 1 with Gentoo, crack a new Windows-based machine with an amazing Knoppix 3.8 LiveCD, from compiling the new version of the kernel to extract the maximum performance of a 256 MB RAM PC with a ligth and minimalist desktop environment. Then, I had the pleasure to be in charge of a complex platform where the main OS was Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and after two months working with it, I said: Wow, this is another kind of Linux ready for the enterprise.”. Then, I heard some great news: “Red Hat become in the first Open Source billion dolars company”, and I wrote a post about it. Then, I found Fedora Linux, and I’m happy with it yet. Then, I wrote about why Jim (Red Hat’s CEO) and his team should create some critical partnerships to drive Hadoop and Big Data market focused in the security of the platform. But, right now, I think that there’s an inflection point with the new release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Keep reading why I think that RHEL 7 chould change the path for Big Data and Cloud Computing markets.

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Being a Product Manager for a Polyglot platform

Product Manager

I have to say it: to be in charge of the development, deployment, marketing, business development, customer success for a Polyglot platform is a constant challenge but very rewarding whe you have a happy client telling me:

“Marcos, you are doing a terrific job”, and I always answer: “You don´t have to thank me, you have thank to my team, because they are the rockstars, I just remove the obstacles and encourage them to keep doing an amazing job.”

So, I will give you some tips how to improve yourself for this kind of platforms.

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Thinking like a Data-Driven Guy for Dropbox

dropbox

When I used Dropbox for the first time from my Linux box, it was a shining moment for me. In that time, I was looking precisely for a solution for my files that I used to let behind always in my USB memory. For every Linux user, which many of them loves Open Source software; collaboration is an important issue, and Dropbox came to save my work a lot of times, because the platform itself, is a synonym of collaboration, and this is one of the reason why I love the platform.

The other reason why I love the platform, that they use my favorite programming language for the core development of the proprietary synchronization daemon: Python, and 2012, Guido, the creator of the language was included in Dropbox’s payroll: Just awesome !!!

So, I want to do my little contribution to the platform, writing some ideas how to improve it and the business itself. I will divide this in some key points:

  • Improve blogging frequency in Tech’s blog about Data Science at Dropbox
  • Improve user engagement in Mobile devices using Localytics services
  • Hire to Greg Nudelman like consultant to improve Dropbox for Android, and work with Mailbox’s team for Android-based version
  • Build a high class Data Science team to get more useful and better insights from Dropbox massive data sets
  • Improve Marketing efforts using Inbound Marketing techniques focused on Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogging, ebooks, etc

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Why Red Hat need partnerships with Cloudera, MapR, Intel and OpenDNS

partnership

Yes, I know. I´m a little crazy young man, saying to Jim Whitehurst, current Red Hat CEO and their management team all these ideas, but who knows? Perhaps, some of these ideas are not so crazy, and they could be implemented. But I will let that responsibilities to the board.

My ideas are focused on two key needs for many organizations and companies today:

  • Apache Hadoop: the de-facto platform for Big Data Analytics and its relationship with Cloud Computing
  • Internet Security: a serious problem today for companies, governments, and global organizations
  • Apache Hadoop’s Security: a very discussed topic by customers, developers and System Engineers which needs a solution right now

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Umbrella by OpenDNS: Where Big Data and Security walk together

Umbrella by OpenDNS

Like I said in a post before, Crime As A Service grows everyday exponentially in every country of this world, and everyday new kind of attacks, new kind of ways to steal information come to the light.

There is an amazing battle between organizations, companies and hackers around the globe; and of course, to win this war, you have to choose wisely your tools. I blogged about Splunk Security; today it’s the turn for another big player in this field: Umbrella by OpenDNS.

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Choosing a MPP database is incredibly hard

Like the title says, to choose an enterprise-level Massive Parallel Processing (MPP) database is actually a big headache for every Data Science Manager; basically because there are very good choices around the tech world.

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Fighting Cybercrime with Splunk Security Analytics

Splunk

There are many industries which are in total explosion: Real State, Marketing Analytics, Retail, Recruiting Services, Big Data Analytics; but these are the good guys. There are other guys which are using its deep knowledge about Security, Hacking, Cracking, Phishing to take advantage of the popularity of these industries to cut a big slide of the pie and make money from that. A new kind of business have born: Crime as a Service (CaaS).

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Thinking like a Product Marketing Manager for Revolution Analytics

Revolution Analytics

Yesterday, I was talking with David Smith (@revodavid), VP of Marketing and R evangelist at Revolution Analytics about why I would do thinking like an Inbound Marketing Manager for the company. I love R, and this team have done an outstanding job bringing this amazing platform directly to the Enterprise world. They have a lot of customers, from small to big companies, so, they are very profitable, but I think that they should build a stronger web presence around the web, and a Product Marketing Manager could help them to do that. How? Keep reading.

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Hadley Wickham and Michael E Driscoll are in the same team now

Hadley Wickham

Hadley Wickham and Michael E. Driscoll: What a duo !!!

Yes, these are great news for the Data Science movement: Hadley Wickham (@hadleywickham), PhD, the Assistant Professor of the Department of Statistics in the Rice University, well known for the creation of ggplot2, the amazing R package for Data Visualization, has a new title right now: Data Scientist in Residence at Metamarkets Group, the company co-founded and managed by Michael E. Driscoll (@medriscoll), PhD, another brilliant mind of the Data Science space.

If you read the blog post at the Metamarkets Group, you should had noted that Wickham is learning Javascript, and in particular, D3.js, the great data visualization library written by Mike Bostock, and after I saw the Wickham’s profile at GitHub, its seems that he is working in a combination of ggplot2 and D3.js called r2d3.

I don’t know what do you think about this; for me this is great, seeing two Big Data rockstars working together on interesting projects and driving the future of Big Data analytics. Personally, I admire to the whole team at Metamarkets Group because they built a Petabyte Data Platform called Druid on top of AWS, optimized for performance, with a peak of 26 billions of operations per second. Is not awesome?

So, stay tuned to the Metamarkets Group blog about the work of Hadley there, I think that it will reshape the data visualization field…again !!!