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

David Tishgart

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The following letter was sent to President Obama today by Gazzang CEO Larry Warnock: Dear Mr. President, My name is Larry Warnock, and I'm the CEO of Gazzang, a data security software company based in Austin, Texas. Our headquarters are actually right across the street from the Capital Factory which you visited this past May. I recognize that the healthcare.gov launch hasn't exactly met expectations, and yesterday's news about potential security flaws doesn't make rolling this out to the American people any easier. But what struck me is that the choices you and the Department of Health and Human Services faced during site development are the same ones that many of the world's largest enterprises face every day when deploying new web-based applications. Namely, what is the real cost of security? By cost, I don't mean price. There's an antiquated notion that data secu... (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)