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One of the things I look forward to most at Christmastime is the seemingly endless parade of predictions and year-in-review columns. You see them everywhere: The Ten Best movies of 2012 2012: The Year in Bacon Ten Brilliant, Surefire, Can’t-Miss Business Predictions for 2013 A Crystal Ball on the Cloud Heck, we just issued a predictions release earlier this week. The bottom line is when I see a list, there’s a good chance I’m going to read it and tweet it, regardless of what it's about. Speaking of which, IDC and EMC just released a cool report called “The Digital Universe in 2020, that looks at the state of Big Data eight years from now. See below for a list of interesting insights. My only nit is that a report that looks forward to 2020 should at least contain one section about flying cars and our benevolent robot overlords. By 2020, the digital universe will gr... (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)

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)

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)