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)
Health care organizations are moving infrastructure and data to the cloud at
a fairly rapid pace. A recent study suggests the cloud computing market in
health care is expected to reach $5.4 billion by 2017. Enticing as the cloud
is, when dealing with highly sensitive and regulated information, it's
important to proceed with caution.
The good news for pharma companies, biotech firms and research hospitals -
organizations most likely to move heavy big data payloads to the cloud- is
that there are some security best practices that can protect data at rest in
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," ... (more)
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
One of the classic Internet memes from earlier this year were rash of Shit
___ Say videos. You may remember this all started with the strangely popular
Shit Girls Say video, which now boasts over 17 million views. I guess I was
feeling a little nostalgic this morning when I came into work, so I thought
I'd share this IT Security entry from February.
No Big Data implications here other than that this represents yet another in
the millions of online videos that are shared daily. Please enjoy Sh*t IT
Security Guys Say, and let me know what you think.