It goes without saying that 'Big Data' is very much a hot topic right now. In
fact, there doesn't seem to be a day when we're not being spoken to, about or
on the subject, and when you consider the possibilities of what Big Data
provides it's not hard to see why.
It allows organizations the opportunity to perform sophisticated analysis on
massive amounts of data from sources such as mobile and online transactions,
social media traffic and GPS coordinates. For those firms not embracing Big
Data, the pressure is on them, as they are missing out on the enormous
insights and competitive advantage it can provide.
But while everyone and their dog are quick to jump on the bandwagon, what
about the challenges that Big Data presents? Not so many people are brave
enough to voice those and one of the key areas, which does need to be
addressed, is that of security.
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To some in the industry and media, cloud based services are the greatest
thing since the dawn of trading in stock in the coffee shops of London back
in the 1600s. However, just like those early trades, the cloud does have its
issues. Yes, it can help a business to grow, and help with the outreach and
the recognition of a company, but at what cost?
If an organization does not choose its cloud partner correctly, then it could
be leaving itself vulnerable to outage problems. This, in turn, will lead to
productivity issues. But don't misunderstand me. I believe in the cloud. I
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A recent survey has shown that security policies and rules set down by IT
departments are not just being ignored but having a bus driven through them
by staff and senior executives, who wish to bring their own device to work so
that they can do more, work smarter and be in touch all of the time.
The survey shows that almost three-quarters of respondents would not bet
against their own organization having a data breach within the next 12
This along with other responses shows that the IT Department of 2013 is a
long way from the IT Department of just five years ago, where w... (more)