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For a passing grade, EdTech needs a privacy solution

Last week, New York state lawmakers passed legislation to prevent identifiable student data from being uploaded to a centralized national database. The database belongs to a non-profit in the growing education technology or EdTech sector. Their goal was to collect PII, student scores, attendance, and other information and then disseminate it to teachers and administrators…

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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,…

5 Privacy Concerns about Wearable Technology

5 Privacy Concerns about Wearable Technology

With over 55 different fitness wearable devices to choose from, the wearables market has breathed new life into our personal health, providing us with more insight into our sleep patterns, calories burned, blood pressure, heart rate and so much more. In the near future, we may even ingest sensors to gauge how our body reacts…

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The ‘Varonis Track’ at RSA 2014

The tagline for the RSA Conference to be held later this month (2/24 – 2/28) at San Francisco’s Moscone Center is “where the world talks security.”  The Varonis team will also be there (South Expo #2309) to talk security.  At the Metadata Era, we’ve been lately focusing on new threats based on a combination of…

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Enterprise Dark Data Is a Hidden Asset

In the last year, Dark Data has been finding its way, so to speak, into the spotlight. In my mind, Dark Data is a subset of Big Data—enormous but without formal boundaries as defined by database schemas. In other words, it’s the human generated content in documents, presentations, spreadsheets, notes, and other readable formats that…