Security in a distributed environment is a growing concern for most industries. Few face security challenges like the Defense Community, who must balance complex security constraints with timeliness and accuracy. We propose to briefly discuss the security paradigms defined in DCID 6/3 by NSA for secure storage and access of data (the “Protection Level” system). In addition, we will describe the implications of each level on the Hadoop architecture and various patterns organizations can implement to meet these requirements within the Hadoop ecosystem. We conclude with our “wish list” of features essential to meet the federal security requirements.