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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 big data as a solution for driving better business intelligence, product innovation and customer service.” Additional Gazzang predictions include: The first significant big data company acquisitions will happen, signaling a shift in focus from proof-of-concept projects to high-business-val... (more)

Enabling Security and Compliance in Big Data

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... (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)

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 Data Breaches Occur and How You Can Lessen Their Impact | Part 2

Last week, I covered some of the reasons data breaches happen. Let's shift gears now and look at what can be done to reduce their impact. To be perfectly clear, there’s no magic bullet for security. There are, however, a few small things that can make a big difference in every organization. Encrypt everything This may sound difficult, inconvenient and expensive, but it’s really not. In fact, once implemented, most encryption solutions are so turn-key that you’re likely to forget they’re running in the background. Plus, can you really put a price on the protection of your corporate... (more)