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So Much Data, So Little Encryption  

If you go solely by top-level stats on encryption use, you’ll come away feeling pretty secure–86% of the the 499 business technology professionals responding to our InformationWeek Analytics State of Encryption Survey employ encryption of some type. But that finding doesn’t begin to tell the real story. Only 14% of respondents say encryption is pervasive in their organizations. Database table-level encryption is in use by just 26%, while just 38% encrypt data on mobile devices. And 31%–more than any other response–characterize the extent of their use as just enough to meet regulatory requirements.

The reasons for this dismal state of affairs range from cost and integration challenges to entrenched organizational resistance exacerbated by a lack of leadership. The compliance focus is particularly galling. Encrypting a subset of data amounts to a “get-out-of-jail-free card” because it may relieve companies from having to notify customers of a breach. But knowingly doing the bare minimum to check a compliance box isn’t security; it’s a cop-out.

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November 21st, 2009 at 4:31 am

The Petabyte BI World – Wired  

Sensors everywhere. Infinite storage. Clouds of processors. Our ability to capture, warehouse, and understand massive amounts of data is changing science, medicine, business, and technology. As our collection of facts and figures grows, so will the opportunity to find answers to fundamental questions. Because in the era of big data, more isn’t just more. More is different.

This month’s Wired magazine carries one of the most important growing concerns of the scientific community, the uncontrollable growth of data. This growth of data in many directions is nearly killing theories as everything is becoming more and more data controlled.

There are a series of articles ranging from what data miners are digging today to elaborate algorithms that predict air ticket prices to how we can monitor epidemics hour by hour.

If you are a BI entusiast or not, this month’s Wired cover story will challenge all your predictions about science and technology, even if you have a petabyte of data to support it !! Read it, like, right now !!

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July 15th, 2008 at 5:58 am

Ireland is facing a data tsunami  

From Silicon Republic, an interesting article on the exponential growth of data -

CURRENTLY the amount of data worldwide is doubling every 11 months – by 2010 it will double every 11 hours.

Ireland stands in the direct path of this tidal wave of data, warns a senior executive with business intelligence (BI) giant SAS.

Dr John Brocklebank, director of analytic solutions at privately held software giant SAS Institute, believes Irish firms are ill-equipped to deal with this rapid growth in the world’s data.

He says the challenge for Irish companies is to capture and exploit the 1-2pc of data that is relevant to their decision-making processes and strategic objectives.

“We know that, on average, managers spend two hours a day looking for data and that more than half of this is useless to their decision-making process,” Brocklebank explains.

“Most frightening is that 42pc of managers say they accidentally use the wrong information to make a decision at least once a week. So never mind trying to deal with the data in its entirety; it needs to be made meaningful and accurate to support business decisions.

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June 20th, 2008 at 7:28 am