Spotlight: The NSA and the future of big data


The National Security Agency of the United States, or NSA, says it has seen the future of big data, and it doesn't look pretty. With data volumes growing faster than the NSA can store, much less analyze, how can it or you or your company keep up? Building data centers and storing petabytes of data isn't the end goal for the NSA; what it needs is analysis and in this area the NSA is falling short. That's because in addition to the fastest super computers from Cray and Fujitsu, the NSA also needs programmers who can modify algorithms on the fly to account for new key words that terrorists or other foreign nationals may be using. The NSA is also constantly seeking linguists to help translate, document and analyze various foreign languages. Read more

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