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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 can banter, news media can report, but the reality is Big Data is not going to be regulated away for the sake of privacy, so it’s incumbent upon organizations that collect big data to secure it, and ensure the data never falls into the hands of unauthorized individuals. Encryption is one o... (more)

Sometimes No Data Is Way Cooler than Big Data

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)

Layered Security Is Key to Avoiding Heartbleed

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)

Gazzang Enables Data Encryption and Key Management on CDH4

Earlier this week, Gazzang announced that its zNcrypt solution is now certified on CDH4 (Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop Version 4), the standard platform for Hadoop in the enterprise. Gazzang zNcrypt protects data within CDH by transparently encrypting and securing information written to disk, providing customers with enterprise-class big data security. zNcrypt is the only encryption and key management solution certified on CDH4. CDH is the world's most widely deployed distribution of Apache Hadoop in commercial and non-commercial environments. Today, more than ha... (more)

Why Security Matters for Big Data and Health Care

Data is quickly becoming one of those certainties in life, like death and taxes. It'll always be there, and like the Once-ler's Thneed factory from The Lorax (sorry, I have kids), data figures to keep on biggering, and biggering, and biggering and biggering. More data means more knowledge, greater insights, smarter ideas and expanded opportunities for organizations to harness and learn from their data. Banks, retailers and even government are embracing big data, but while IDC estimated the big data market at $2.2 billion in 2011, only 6% of that investment came from health care.... (more)