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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 million student records have been breached in the last 18 months. In one frightening incident earlier this year at the University of Tampa, a breach exposed the social security numbers, photo IDs and dates of birth of thousands of students and faculty members. Keeping sensitive data firewall... (more)

Gazzang Predicts 2013: The Year Big Data Goes Big Time

Wrapping up a year of impressive growth and product innovation, Gazzang, the Linux data security company, today made its 2013 predictions covering emerging trends in big data, the cloud and open source technology adoption. “Buoyed by increasing adoption of and trust in cloud technologies, big data will move out of the shadows and start to creep into the boardroom,” said Larry Warnock, CEO of Gazzang. “While big data is already a conversation topic at most enterprises, it’s traditionally been relegated to IT and development projects. Next year, these organizations will start to see... (more)

The NSA Can't Stifle Cloud Momentum

InfoWorld's been doing a bang-up job covering the NSA spying scandal from the get go, and this blog from David Linthicum titled, “Let the NSA spy on us - We’re still moving to the cloud,” continues the trend. The Cliff's notes: In an IDG News survey, high-ranking IT executives in North America and Europe were asked about the effect the NSA snooping practices have had on their cloud computing strategy. Despite the furor over the NSA, these leaders are still committed to the cloud. Linthicum talks about the dollars and cents, that efficiency and agility benefits that the cloud pro... (more)

Layered Security Is Key to Avoiding Heartbleed

While organizations spend the next few days and weeks patching OpenSSL vulnerabilities, the realization is setting in that we may never know the full extent of the damage caused by Heartbleed. Although Heartbleed was only announced in early April, it has actually been present in OpenSSL versions dating back to March 2012. This means hackers have had ample time to steal certificates and other sensitive information. Making matters worse, it's nearly impossible for companies to know whether their web communications have indeed been compromised. What exactly is being exposed? When e... (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)