Big Data Security. Who's looking out for your big data?

David Tishgart

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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)

How Do You Kill Something That Lives Forever?

Who doesn't love a good zombie flick, right? Hordes of undead ambling around in tattered clothing looking for something to eat. The low, drawn-out moans of a once-productive member of society, who now possesses the brainpower of a teenager on an 8-hour Call of Duty bender. While I don't believe the zombie apocalypse is happening anytime soon (at least not for another six months), there is another form of undead that is very much alive and well today. I'm talking of course about... digital data. We're at the point now where anything you do online leaves a digital footprint, whethe... (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)

Gazzang Enables Data Encryption and Key Management on CDH4

Earlier this week, Gazzang announced that its zNcrypt solution is now certified on CDH4 (Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop Version 4), the standard platform for Hadoop in the enterprise. Gazzang zNcrypt protects data within CDH by transparently encrypting and securing information written to disk, providing customers with enterprise-class big data security. zNcrypt is the only encryption and key management solution certified on CDH4. CDH is the world's most widely deployed distribution of Apache Hadoop in commercial and non-commercial environments. Today, more than 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)