Information security: It takes an ecosystem

The top 10 data breaches of 2015 included government agencies, healthcare organizations, retailers and security software vendors, according to information available through the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a non-profit corporation focused on privacy issues. The well-known breach at the federalOffice of Personnel Management (OPM) affected more than 20 million individuals, revealing detailed personal data used in background checks. Even credit service provider Experian was not immune, with applicant information for one of its services hacked, potentially revealing personally identifiable information (PII) such as social security numbers and birth dates….   http://www.kmworld.com/Articles/Editorial/Features/Information-security-It-takes-an-ecosystem-109336.aspx

All Businesses Are Data Businesses

By Brad Kolarov, co-founder and Managing Partner at B23, a boutique Big Data and Cloud Computing software development and implementation company Have you seen the Audi commercial with the autonomous mail delivery drones stalking the employees leaving their office? It’s a bit of a stretch, but the commercial is pretty funny and a good example of the technological advances that are on the horizon. To manage a fleet of autonomous mail delivery drones an enormous amount of telemetry, geolocation, artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, and flight coordination data would be required. This post describes our perspective that all businesses are data-businesses, even the ones that aren’t. I will illustrate examples of available data to businesses, and I’ll give a story of a seemingly simple business that is a data business but doesn’t realize it.   Data Businesses?   Daily I speak with a variety of potential and existing customers who see themselves as “normal” businesses. The “normal” businesses range from commercial banks, law firms, maritime logistics companies, communications providers, mobile security companies, along with many others. All of these companies work incredibly hard to serve their customers’ needs in a competitive manner. After speaking to these customers and understanding their typical business problems, we mutually discover that they are no longer “normal” businesses addressing a customer need. Businesses in many different markets are beginning to realize they are all in the business of “data”– and so is your business. Across all domains we see a common set of questions every business should ask themselves: 1) What data can we collect 2) What do we do with the data we collect 3) What insights can we gain from the data we collect These 3 questions and their associated solutions create a massive opportunity, and the massive IoAT — Internet of Anything market.   Types of Data that can be collected by businesses   Driveway Sealing: Maybe data business???   I have a neighborhood friend who makes a...