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More on Chargebacks: Easing Towards Usage-based Storage Costs

Chargebacks have always been a contentious part of corporate life. It’s not that managers aren’t accustomed to working within budgets and approving invoices for outside vendors. But paying for an internal service?  A typical line of business manager’s reaction is that chargebacks amount to a ‘bunch of bean counting’ that serves no useful purpose. But…

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Chargebacks: IT Gets Some Respect

According to a certain point of view, IT departments, along with other shared services—legal, HR, marketing, customer support and any other group that doesn’t have sales in its name—are cost centers. And these shared services are funded by the profit centers that generate money for the business. Of course, the profit centers can’t operate without…

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Secrets of Active Directory Lockouts: How to Find Apps with Stale Credentials

No one needs to tell IT admins what’s on their short list of headaches: users forgetting their passwords usually ranks number one. For those who demand documented proof, there are survey results here to validate this point. Closely related, and just behind in terms of frequency and irritation level, are account lockouts. In an earlier…

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Enterprise Search: Big Data Meets the Big Boss

Like many others, I think of Big Data as enormous data sets that are worthy of distributed processing, say in the multi-petabyte range. A petabyte for those who need a quick refresher is over 1 million gigabytes—a warehouse full of thumb drives. Typically, organizations enter the Big Data zone by collecting transactional data from tens…

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Gigaom Structure 2014: Big Data Needs Nutritional Information

Gigaom Structure, the Big Data conference that swept into town this week, proved yet again that this fuzzy name can mean a lot of different things to people.  Here’s a few things we learned from the speakers. For Formula 1 car makers, it’s the data collected from race drivers to fine tune their cars’ engines,…

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EU Data Protection Reform Train Picks Up Speed

On Wednesday the EU Parliament voted to approve its data protection reforms with 621 in favor and only 10 against. After a long and contentious legislative process, the key “one-stop” shop idea, wherein a single data protection authority will enforce uniform regulations across all 28 member nations, remains in this finalized legislation. The vote also…

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View From Germany: EU Data Protection Reform Is on a Slow Train

Based out of Frankfurt, Cyril Simonnet is Varonis’ Sales Director for Germany, Austria, Nordic countries, and emerging markets. Simonnet has been watching the shifting fortunes of the EU’s proposed changes to its overarching data security rules, the Data Protection Directive or DPD. These regulatory reforms have seen their share of obstacles as they slowly progress…

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Anatomy of a Phish: New Varonis eBook Connects Social Attacks and APTs to Human-Generated Data

Security analysts have been telling us that phishing incidents have been on the rise, and the threat will get worse in the coming years. Sure phishing and other social attacks are insanely clever, tricking victims into effectively inviting hackers in through the front door. But when cyber thieves also use advanced persistent threats or APTs—embedding…