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, whether it's a photo posted to Instagram, a purchase on Amazon, or
a patient intake form completed on an iPad.
This data, stored in the cloud, is often moved and replicated, but it really
can't be destroyed, and companies place a great deal of value on it. We often
talk about this phenomenon of Big... (more)
One of my favorite days of the year is when the Austin City Limits Music
Festival releases its lineup grid. It’s fun to browse the list of amazing
bands and start plotting out who I’m going to see and when.
There’s also a certain amount of hand wringing during this process, as
I’m forced to choose between interesting musical acts playing at the same
time on a different stage on the other side of the park.
Fortunately, I usually only have to face agonizing decisions like whether to
see “Passion Pit” or “Wilco” once a year.
Then the Strata Conference released its 2013 Hadoop World l... (more)
A few months ago experts predicted 2013 would be the Year of Big Data. To a
large extent, those predictions have been spot on, with Big Data investment
on the rise and success stories emerging across a variety of industries from
insurance to pharma to professional basketball.
The Big Data narrative may be shifting though, as debate around data privacy
heats up. No doubt the two topics are almost inextricably linked, as the PBS
News Hour points out, but it wasn’t until late last week that the issue of
data privacy became a trending topic in the U.S.
Citizens can vent, politicians ... (more)
The following letter was sent to President Obama today by Gazzang CEO Larry
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... (more)
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)