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Gazzang and DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra, have announced a partnership that will help customers meet data security compliance regulations and guard against unauthorized data access or malicious attack, while comprehensively managing their Big Data. As part of the partnership, Gazzang zNcrypt is now available as an integrated data security solution for DataStax Enterprise customers, allowing data to be secured when at rest. "As we see increased enterprise adoption of NoSQL databases, issues such as data security are going to become increasingly important," commented Matt Aslett, research management, data management and analytics, 451 Research. "Partnerships such as the one struck by DataStax and Gazzang will ensure users are able to combine the flexibility of distributed unstructured data management with the encryption and access control capab... (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)

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 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)

Big Data in 2020

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 ... (more)