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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)

A Sixth Thing CIOs Should Know About Big Data

Amid the slew of articles offering advice on Big Data,  Joab Jackson's, Five Things CIOs Should Know About Big Data. stood out because of how absolutely spot on it was. The five points he makes nearly always come up in our conversations with customers and prospects: You will need to think about big data. What we're seeing now is that the price of entry to big data, at least from a CapEx standpoint, is pretty low. Open source tools like Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB, MapReduce and others, combined with the relatively low price of cloud computing, means organizations that may not ha... (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)

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)