Ever tried to count to a billion? Don’t bother. The average human lifespan is about 2.5 billion seconds, so you’d waste half your life trying. But that may help put into perspective Databrick’s latest announcement that they were able to sort 10 trillion records in four hours with the Spark platform. That’s three times faster than the previous record, with one-tenth the number of server nodes. Or perhaps you noticed that Amazon added full JSON support to DynamoDB, so you can easily inject JSON directly into the cluster. Or maybe you saw that Data Torrent now supports analytics on the incoming data stream. Or perhaps you were pleased to see ParStream’s distributed approach specifically geared to the Internet of Things.

None of these individual events is all that newsworthy. But the scale and pace of innovation across hundreds of different NoSQL platforms is. I hAve said many times here that NoSQL is the database of the future, but I don’t think I have stressed enough that no matter what you want to do with a database, there is a flavor of NoSQL designed for your use case. And even if it’s not a perfect match, the flexibility and customization possible with most NoSQL platforms can make it work. Size, scale, and speed – at cost unimaginable just a few years ago.

What does this have to do with security? I no longer speak to customers with a single Hadoop installation of 20 or so nodes. The number of nodes is climbing, and the number of NoSQL databases running in parallel at customer sites is climbing as well. The size of these clusters is beginning to break our security recommendations from the last few years. In some cases security goals require an architectural shift. In other cases I am at a loss to provide recommendations – I am not certain that security controls exist to accommodate the size and velocity of some clusters. Hang on to your seats because it is getting interesting in the world of NoSQL security.

Butterflies. Not that you care, but there are a lot of butterflies in Phoenix this year. And my wife and I have planted a huge number of shrubs that attract butterflies, so we are fortunate to have swarms of them in the yard the last three weeks. Yellow ones, green ones, black with patches of amber and brilliant blue dots, giant black and yellow ones, some orange, and others orange with black spots. Dozens or even hundreds of them in the back yard on any given day. Colors that match New England fall leaves, but this is living art with a delicacy hard to imagine until you see them defying the breeze. It is one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen. If only I could capture it on video …

On to the Summary:

Webcasts, Podcasts, Outside Writing, and Conferences

Favorite Securosis Posts

  • David Mortman: An Example of Gratitude.
  • Adrian Lane: The photo in Mike’s post on Competing made coffee spurt through my nose, I laughed so hard, but my favorite this week is Rich’s post on Physicality because he totally nails my experience and tribulations with writing!

Other Securosis Posts

Favorite Outside Posts

  • Rich: Rethinking the Security “Con”. Great rant by Shack about security conferences. There are too many, saying the same stuff. I like his suggestions toward the end, especially having everyone share 5 things they learned. That would be awesome.
  • Mike Rothman: Before the Startup. With so much money flowing into everything ‘cyber’ we have lots of folks who want to start companies. They should read this post. It is a different counterintuitive world. It’s like riding a roller coaster. Every day. That doesn’t mean don’t do it, but go in with your eyes open.
  • David Mortman: Homebrew Incident Response.
  • Adrian Lane: Wake up to a POODLE puddle. Kudos to Martin for coming up with a list of links of everything you need to know about POODLE attacks, and my favorite vulnerability logo for this issue!

Research Reports and Presentations

Top News and Posts

Blog Comment of the Week

This week’s best comment goes to Anonymous, saying something about buying Viagra on the cheap. That’s great news – it means blog comments are working again. Thanks for testing, spammers!