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

David Tishgart

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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 expense. However, when the laptop contains unencrypted data including, patient names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, medical records numbers and certain medical information, that's another story entirely. Because the laptop was unencrypted, the healthcare organization to was required... (more)

Nine Biggest Data Encryption Myths, Busted

Rarely a day goes by that you don't hear about a data breach. Hospital records stolen. Social media accounts hacked. Education transcripts revealed. Every industry is susceptible and every company is at risk. The result can be embarrassing and expensive at best and absolutely crippling at worst, with potential fines, time-consuming lawsuits, and subsequent loss of customer trust. The steady pace of breaches reinforces the need for encryption as a last line of defense. Recently however, one of the oldest and most effective security tactics has been largely relegated to an afterth... (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)