Few companies are enjoying a better run of news right now than Cloudera. In
mid-March the big data bell cow announced $160 million in funding led by T.
Rowe Price. Less than two weeks later, Intel’s mega investment of $740
million is still a popular topic around our company’s water cooler (yes, we
have a water cooler).
The company’s latest salvo happened this morning while most of the west
coast was still asleep. Today Cloudera announced the general availability of
Cloudera 5, the solution that will drive what Cloudera refers to as the
enterprise data hub. In short, the hub is a centralized platform where
companies can store, process, and analyze all of their data and run any
variety of projects. The idea being to make it easier to store everything and
then use the data when they need it.
Cloudera and Gazzang have a longstanding partnership with several mutual
While organizations spend the next few days and weeks patching OpenSSL
vulnerabilities, the realization is setting in that we may never know the
full extent of the damage caused by Heartbleed.
Although Heartbleed was only announced in early April, it has actually been
present in OpenSSL versions dating back to March 2012. This means hackers
have had ample time to steal certificates and other sensitive information.
Making matters worse, it's nearly impossible for companies to know whether
their web communications have indeed been compromised.
What exactly is being exposed?
When e... (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.
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.
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)