Developing a smart approach to SMAC security

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As businesses look to take advantage of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, and cloud) platforms, they first need to consider the risks and security implications of the technologies involved

Few security executives at global enterprises -- or even at smaller organizations -- have not had to deal with issues related to social media, mobile technology, big data/analytics, or cloud computing.

Now, a growing number of businesses are looking at leveraging all of these technologies as part of a SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) platform that would involve creating a new foundational infrastructure that supports these different areas.

What are the implications for security, and how involved should CSOs and CISOs be in the planning of SMAC strategies? These are key questions, because if security isn't a priority in these efforts, they might become major risks.

"The [data] analytics element is what elevates the risk," says Michael Daly, CTO for cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon Co., a provider of defense and aerospace systems. "When you have so much information converging in [platforms] like this to enable the analytics, and you have less direct visibility into the platforms, then the risk definitely does increase."

Here are some practices to consider when addressing the information security implications of an SMAC platform:

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