Data explosion offers challenges, opportunities to security pros

230 million patients. 3,300 hospitals. 900,000 healthcare professionals. 98 percent of U.S. pharmacies. More than 700 different electronic health record platforms. 764 million medication histories. 6.5 billion transactions processed last year alone.

“We’ve definitely had an opportunity to become experts in Big Data,” said Paul Calatayud, CISO at Surescripts.

Surescripts is the country’s largest health information network, storing and protecting one of the most valuable information treasure troves on the planet.

Calatayud said that the company first began looking at Big Data analytics to spot fraudulent activity by patients or doctors. Two years ago, this was done using spreadsheets and pivot tables, he said, and it took about a year to move to Hadoop for the data storage and Splunk for the analytics.

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