MarkLogic and Intel – “government-grade security” – Err, thanks but no thanks.

Big Data Solutions for Government Agencies—MarkLogic and Intel

I thought you might appreciate the hyperbole in this marketing fluff from Intel:

This paper summarizes the issues government agencies face today with relational database management system (RDBMS) + storage area network (SAN) data environments and why the combination of MarkLogic, Apache Hadoop*, and Intel provides a government-grade solution for big data. Running on Intel® technology and the enhancements Intel has brought to Apache Hadoop, this integration gives public agencies a true enterprise-class big data solution with government-grade security for storage, real-time queries, and analysis of all their data. (emphasis added)

Really? “…government-grade security….”

Do they mean like the CIA (Aldrich Ames), NSA (Snowden), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), that sort of “…government-grade security….?”

You could have quantum level encryption and equally secure software, but when you add users:

You new state of cybersecurity.

Discussion of security absent your users isn’t meaningful. Don’t lose money on consultants and hackers as well. The meaningful question is how secure is system X with my users? Ask that and judge vendors by their answers.

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