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Is big data education a big failure?
This article is part of the July/August 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 6 issue of Information Security magazine
When it comes to integrating information technology trends into the curriculums of many universities and colleges, the educational system has fallen behind the learning curve. This is true for big data education, and unfortunately, the IT security needed to protect unstructured information. The concepts related to the handling of large amounts of data are briefly touched on in courses that focus on databases or algorithms. But when big data is addressed in an algorithms class, it’s primarily as a justification for teaching different sorting algorithms, essentially, ordering lists in “big data” projects. If universities do offer classes on big data, it is often as graduate-level coursework. Despite few computer engineering or computer sciences classes that focus specifically on big data, we see the concept show up in other courses; bio-informatics, for example, where processing big data is required to complete a task. Security optional Given the void in big data education, it should come as no surprise that the security of big ...
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