Thursday, July 25, 2013

With Sentry, Cloudera Fills Hadoop’s Enterprise Security Gap

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Every day, more data, users, and applications are accessing ever-larger Apache Hadoop clusters. Although this is good news for data driven organizations overall, for security administrators and compliance officers, there are still lingering questions about how to enable end-users under existing Hadoop infrastructure without compromising security or compliance requirements.

While Hadoop has strong security at the filesystem level, it lacks the granular support needed to adequately secure access to data by users and BI applications. Today, this problem forces organizations in industries for which security is paramount (such as financial services, healthcare, and government) to make a choice: either leave data unprotected or lock out users entirely. Most of the time, the preferred choice is the latter, severely inhibiting access to data in Hadoop.

Today, Cloudera is excited to launch Sentry, a new open source project that addresses these concerns. Sentry is an authorization module for Hadoop that provides the granular, role-based authorization required to provide precise levels of access to the right users and applications.

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