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Joerg Fritsch
Research Director
1 year at Gartner
15 years IT Industry

Joerg Fritsch is a Research Director in the Gartner for Technical Professionals Security and Risk Management Strategies team. His specialties include information security, data center and cloud security, big data (analytics), cloud computing, PaaS, distributed systems, messaging and event-driven systems, and very fast networks and servers. Read Full Bio

Fads, FUDs and Data Lakes

by Joerg Fritsch  |  August 8, 2014

In short, this blog entry is about using innovation. I am quite surprised by the amount of discussion going on around Data Lakes at the moment. Somehow these arguments are to be expected. C. Cookson wrote in the Financial Times in 1994 that landmark innovations are stories of “anger, arrogance and aggression spiced with duplicity […]

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My research on Protecting Big Data in Hadoop publishes

by Joerg Fritsch  |  July 15, 2014

The race for dominance in the Hadoop security market niche is definitively on. Vendors of popular distributions and of security add-ons have started to recognize that clients long for a harmonized approach to Hadoop security that will make controls that are at first specific to the resource effective across a majority of Hadoop components. Two […]

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Laurel and Hardy doing DevOps?

by Joerg Fritsch  |  June 6, 2014

What I love about Laurel and Hardy is that they are two of these extremely seldom silent movie stars that had found their voice by the end of the 20’s when the silent movie finally had had its day. “Talkies” required a new quality of people. Now, I believe that with cloud computing and operation […]

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New research on IaaS data at rest encryption

by Joerg Fritsch  |  June 2, 2014

Data at rest encryption in the cloud is a powerful technology with a downside: with present- state of the art solutions the confidentiality and protection of data in the cloud ultimately remains always a trade-off between confidentiality and availability of data. Although there are application and data specific exceptions, computers can currently only process data […]

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Hadoop Summit EU 2014

by Joerg Fritsch  |  April 4, 2014

I wanted to blog about some impressions and personal notes that I made during the EU Hadoopsummit. First impression: it was a huge grab-bag and lots of fun. Vendors and presentations were all tuned to YARN (Hadoop 2.0) already. Clear message here: if you are new to Hadoop, do not keep yourself busy with Hadoop […]

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New reserach on dealing with data center servers

by Joerg Fritsch  |  April 1, 2014

Finally my new research note about data center server security is being published. The research note covers all safeguards that are installed locally on a computing node in order to deploy it in the data center and have it fit for long-term sustainment of its security posture. Although often thought of as a mature or […]

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Speaking at the Gartner Catalyst Conference EMEA 2014

by Joerg Fritsch  |  March 25, 2014

For those attending the EMEA edition of the Gartner Catalyst Conference (June 17 – 18, 2014 in London), here is what I will be presenting on: How to use IaaS encryption to enable cloud adoption for high risk services Private cloud security, the deja vus, the surprises and the pitfalls With Big Data comes great […]

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O Hadoop Users, Where Art Thou?

by Joerg Fritsch  |  March 18, 2014

One of my projects this year wants to clarify how companies can secure the Hadoop Ecosystem. The Hadoop ecosystem is huge and has many moving parts that are internally managed by their own zookeeper :D. The challenge is that firms who are going to use Hadoop have to secure an environment that is distributed by nature. Whilst map […]

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Where are the information security hoodies?

by Joerg Fritsch  |  February 24, 2014

About half a year ago I sat in a presentation of my colleague Frank Buytendijk who said that one of the facets of this Big Data thing is the conflict between the “hoodies” and the “suits”. The suits have been doing the thing for ages and do it as conservative as it can get. Transactions, the CAP Theorem, Consistency. The […]

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Look ma no perimeter!

by Joerg Fritsch  |  February 16, 2014

In October 2013 I was very surprised when I read that the Jericho Forum had declared success and chose to “sunset”. A statement published by The Open Group ( declares that the Jericho Forum has achieved a “landmark victory” by making Deperimaterization an established fact. –I was amazed, because after years and years of waiting […]

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