The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Mummoorthy Murugesan - Normalyze, Inc.

Students: Spring 2023, unless noted otherwise, sessions will be virtual on Zoom.

Problems and Challenges in Data Security Posture Management

Jan 18, 2023

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The rise of enterprise cloud computing has brought an even greater emphasis on data. According to an analysis compiled by Statista, two zettabytes of data were created, captured, copied, and consumed globally in 2010. That figure will reach 97 zettabytes this year and 181 zettabytes by 2025. As the adoption of cloud computing continued to evolve, so did how enterprises approached securing their data. Today, enterprises find their data scattered throughout their various cloud systems, and they have lost visibility into where their sensitive data resides. The problems are about whether there are any shadow data stores that developers left abandoned? Who can access all of the enterprise data on these clouds, and are there excessive privileges? What data is at risk of being breached and falling out of regulatory compliance? Moreover, the growing complexity of cloud computing is a big part of why breached data records have risen (according to the Identity Theft Resource Center) from 16 million in 2010 to more than 155 million today. A recent survey from IDC found that 98% of organizations they queried reported at least one cloud data breach in the past 18 months. With all these challenges, cybersecurity professionals are faced with the daunting task of understanding where their organization's critical or regulated data exists across cloud platforms. The process of identifying and securing cloud data is called the Data Security Posture Management. In this talk, we will go over certain techniques for discovering, analyzing and securing data in various cloud platforms. We will then look at challenging problems that are opening up more avenues for further investigation, and research.

About the Speaker

Mummoorthy Murugesan
Dr. Mummoorthy Murugesan is currently the founding Director of Engineering at Normalyze Inc. Earlier, he worked at Teradata R&D where he developed the incremental planning and execution of queries. He has worked in start-ups such as Netskope, and Turn to build highly scalable systems. At Netskope, he built the data management platform for the CASB (cloud access security broker) product. Before Normalyze, he led the cloud infrastructure initiatives for Workday's Prism analytics. Dr. Murugesan's interests span data, analytics, security and cloud infrastructure. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University, and Masters degree from Syracuse University.

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