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A few months ago experts predicted 2013 would be the Year of Big Data. To a large extent, those predictions have been spot on, with Big Data investment on the rise and success stories emerging across a variety of industries from insurance to pharma to professional basketball. The Big Data narrative may be shifting though, as debate around data privacy heats up. No doubt the two topics are almost inextricably linked, as the PBS News Hour points out, but it wasn’t until late last week that the issue of data privacy became a trending topic in the U.S. Citizens can vent, politicians can banter, news media can report, but the reality is Big Data is not going to be regulated away for the sake of privacy, so it’s incumbent upon organizations that collect big data to secure it, and ensure the data never falls into the hands of unauthorized individuals. Encryption is one o... (more)

Big Data Knows You Had Leftover Chicken for Dinner Last Night

In just the past 15 minutes, I ran across these two unrelated articles on my #bigdata Twitter feed. Big Data Knows What You're Doing Right Now Wow! Twitter can tell you when you are going to get sick. One of my favorite things about Big Data are the ridiculous blog headlines you can craft, simply by playing off the newness and lack of understanding around what Big Data is. Take the first article for example. Time Magazine posits that aggregators are collecting a boatload of sensitive information about each and every one of us. Every time we accept a privacy policy or log in to Fa... (more)

Sh*t IT Security Guys Say

One of the classic Internet memes from earlier this year were rash of Shit ___ Say videos. You may remember this all started with the strangely popular Shit Girls Say video, which now boasts over 17 million views. I guess I was feeling a little nostalgic this morning when I came into work, so I thought I'd share this IT Security entry from February. No Big Data implications here other than that this represents yet another in the millions of online videos that are shared daily. Please enjoy Sh*t IT Security Guys Say, and let me know what you think. ... (more)

Gazzang Enables Data Encryption and Key Management on CDH4

Earlier this week, Gazzang announced that its zNcrypt solution is now certified on CDH4 (Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop Version 4), the standard platform for Hadoop in the enterprise. Gazzang zNcrypt protects data within CDH by transparently encrypting and securing information written to disk, providing customers with enterprise-class big data security. zNcrypt is the only encryption and key management solution certified on CDH4. CDH is the world's most widely deployed distribution of Apache Hadoop in commercial and non-commercial environments. Today, more than ha... (more)

Ten Songs that Should've Been Encrypted...

The Austin City Limits Music Festival kicks off this afternoon, featuring great bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Roots and Black Keys. Our offices are only a few blocks north of the festival, so I'm heading down to the park as soon as I wrap up for the day. While most of the bands playing in Austin this weekend are at the top of their respective games, there are plenty of artists that have released some songs that I'm sure they'd like to take back. In fact, I bet if they could delete these songs from their collective memories, and ours, they'd do it in a sec... (more)