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An interesting subplot of this burgeoning, “capture everything” big data culture, is whether a single, byte size piece of information really matters anymore. Big data, after all is really about big picture thinking. At a high level, it’s about how we assemble – on a massive scale – unrelated bits of information to better inform our worldview. There’s a really good post from a Dark Reading column that calls into question whether organizations running big data applications are able to recognize the individual bits of information that may fall under HIPAA, FERPA, PCI, SOX and other regulatory guidelines. “If this growing mass of data is becoming increasingly unstructured and accessed from an ever-distributed cloud of users and applications looking to slice and dice it in a million and one ways, how can they be sure they're keeping tabs on the regulated information in a... (more)

Five Tips for Securing Student Data in the Cloud

There are a few absolutes when it comes to school. First, lunches will always be terrible. Second, your locker will be too small to fit your oversized textbooks. Finally, there's a high likelihood that some of your student data will be stored in the cloud. This student data includes demographic information, test results, transcripts, email exchanges, grades, attendance history, contact information and more. It's a sensitive mix of detail that, if exposed, could prove damaging to the affected students and the educational institution. According to privacyrights.org, more than 1.8 ... (more)

The High Cost of No Encryption

The average price of a notebook in the U.S. is about $631. The cost of a notebook that contains unencrypted patient information is far greater. Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights levied a hefty $1.5 million fine against the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. HHS determined that Massachusetts Eye and Ear had violated a number of HIPAA requirements stemming from the theft of a neurologist's notebook in South Korea in 2010. A hospital employee losing a notebook is one thing. The hardware can easily be replaced at a minimal expen... (more)

Why Security Matters for Big Data and Health Care

Data is quickly becoming one of those certainties in life, like death and taxes. It'll always be there, and like the Once-ler's Thneed factory from The Lorax (sorry, I have kids), data figures to keep on biggering, and biggering, and biggering and biggering. More data means more knowledge, greater insights, smarter ideas and expanded opportunities for organizations to harness and learn from their data. Banks, retailers and even government are embracing big data, but while IDC estimated the big data market at $2.2 billion in 2011, only 6% of that investment came from health care.... (more)

Why Data Breaches Occur and How You Can Lessen Their Impact

One of the dirty little secrets about security: there is simply no way to make your company impervious to a data breach. It's almost a statistical certainty that you will, at some point or another, be hit with a security scenario that you're not prepared for. That's why security today is as much about damage control as it is about breach avoidance. Consider the following: Most breaches aren't that hard to execute Attacks on corporate networks and data occur at alarming frequency. You might think that's because attackers have become more sophisticated, but that's not necessarily t... (more)