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Make Data Work
September 25–26, 2017: Training
September 26–28, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Architecting security across the enterprise: Instilling confidence and stewardship every step of the way

Nick Curcuru (Mastercard)
2:55pm3:35pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Location: 1E 14 Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Financial services
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Who is this presentation for?

  • CTOs, CIOs, enterprise architects, and chief data and analytics officers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the technology platform design process, methods to implement security in a technology platform, cybersecurity challenges and opportunities, and authentication, authorization, data lineage, and data architecting

What you'll learn

  • Learn Mastercard best practices and considerations across the main pillars of security: authentication, authorization, visibility, and data architecture
  • Understand how to build the case internally to spend the time on designing platforms with a data security posture


Cybersecurity is now a topic in the boardroom, as organizations are scrambling to increase their security posture. To decrease breach threats, Mastercard brings data security into its system design process. Nick Curcuru shares best practices and lessons learned protecting 160 million transactions per hour over Mastercard’s network and securing 16+ petabytes of data at rest, instilling confidence in its stakeholders and promoting a culture of data stewardship. Nick walks you through six major security use cases, covers Mastercard’s strategies for each, and explains how Hadoop enhances them. You’ll also learn the components needed to build a business case to obtain funding for adding security to the design process and how to make the case for attribute-based security.

Topics include:

  • System and user monitoring
  • Data stewardship
  • Data protection
  • Authorization
  • Authentication
  • Network segmentation
  • What the C-suite needs to know
  • Business case information sources
  • How to use NPV and IRR to calculate potential risk
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Nick Curcuru


Nick Curcuru is vice president of enterprise information management at Mastercard, where he’s responsible for leading a team that works with organizations to generate revenue through smart data, architect next-generation technology platforms, and protect data assets from cyberattacks by leveraging Mastercard’s information technology and information security resources and creating peer-to-peer collaboration with their clients. Nick brings over 20 years of global experience successfully delivering large-scale advanced analytics initiatives for such companies as the Walt Disney Company, Capital One, Home Depot, Burlington Northern Railroad, Merrill Lynch, Nordea Bank, and GE. He frequently speaks on big data trends and data security strategy at conferences and symposiums, has published several articles on security, revenue management, and data security, and has contributed to several books on the topic of data and analytics.