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
iPad app, a shadowy organization learns something new about us as
individuals, powered of course by big data.
Sounds scary right?
The truth is Big Data likely doesn't have the first clue that I'm blogging
about it right now. In fact, Big Data probably doesn't realize I just... (more)
I have a pretty decent amount of data about Disney World (where to stay, when
to visit, how to beat the crowds to Space Mountain, etc.), and in turn,
Disney knows a lot about me (my age, where I live, how many times I’ve
visited the park, etc.).
This information may seem trivial, but it’s essential (or so we think) for
an experience that’s optimized for our enjoyment. In fact, Disney has made
a big bet on this idea. You might have seen stories about Disney’s new
“vacation management system” which is designed to learn even more about
park visitors and, in turn, improve upon their... (more)
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
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)
InfoWorld's been doing a bang-up job covering the NSA spying scandal from the
get go, and this blog from David Linthicum titled, “Let the NSA spy on us -
We’re still moving to the cloud,” continues the trend.
The Cliff's notes: In an IDG News survey, high-ranking IT executives in North
America and Europe were asked about the effect the NSA snooping practices
have had on their cloud computing strategy. Despite the furor over the NSA,
these leaders are still committed to the cloud.
Linthicum talks about the dollars and cents, that efficiency and agility
benefits that the cloud pro... (more)
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)