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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 regulatory guidelines. “If this growing mass of data is becoming increasingly unstructured and accessed from an ever-distributed cloud of users and applications looking to slice and dice it in a million and one ways, how can they be sure they're keeping tabs on the regulated information in a... (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)

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 Security for Apache Hadoop

Big Data takes center stage today at the Strata Conference & Hadoop World in New York, the world’s largest gathering of the Apache Hadoop™ community. A key conversation topic will be how organizations can improve data security for Hadoop and the applications that run on the platform. As you know, Hadoop and similar data stores hold a lot of promise for organizations to finally gain some value out of the immense amount of data they're capturing. But HDFS, Hive and other nascent NoSQL technologies were not necessarily designed with comprehensive security in mind. Often what happens... (more)

Big Data and Privacy

Remember when being “sent to your room” was considered one the harshest punishments a parent could dole out? I certainly hated it, and I’m pretty sure my kids don’t like it much either. For whatever reason, this form of punishment – the ultimate act of isolation – seems to have stood the test of time. It’s also a great way to quickly introduce your children to the seven stages of grief: Stunned silence Screaming Kicking Pouting Kicking again Wailing Acceptance But in today’s hyper-connected, always-on society, the whole notion of isolation is quickly becoming obsolete. So much so t... (more)