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The Metadata Era Data Analysis Contest

Courtesy of Dato’s co-founder Danny Bickson, we’ve come into possession of a three tickets for the Data Science Summit & Dato Conference being held in San Francisco July 20 -21. Thanks Danny! Researchers from Microsoft, Google, Cloudera, Carnegie-Mellon, and Stanford will be on hand to talk data. The Summit, by the way, has been organized by O’Reilly Media’s Chief Data Scientist, Dr. Ben Lorica.

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Seven Free Data Wrangling Tools

Reformatting, de-duping, merging, and filtering are just some of the functions that go under the broad category of data wrangling. It’s all the scrubbing and cleaning that data scientists apply to raw data before it’s ready for real analysis. Even The New York Times ran an article about this less glamorous side of Big Data,…

Women in Data Security, Compliance, and Privacy You Should Follow on Twitter

There are many articles lately lamenting the lack of women in technology. I’m happy we’re having this discussion and that groups are working towards fixing the problem, but I’d like to shift the focus to the women that are in technology. The good news is that female technologists in data security, compliance, and privacy do…

Top 10 Chief Data Officers to Follow on Twitter

Will 2015 be the year of the Chief Data Officer (CDO)? It’s a question that’s coming up more and more often. Whether the CIOs are becoming overwhelmed with IT demands, or organizations are recognizing the value in their data, CDOs have a key role to play in data governance initiatives. A CDO’s mission is “to bring order…

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Free Ways to Learn about IT Security

Technology startups have built a name for themselves, and the Labor Department slots tech jobs among the fastest growing this decade.1 New graduates, tech enthusiasts, and many others are working toward a position with an information technology company as a software developer, system administrator, or IT Manager. One aspect of IT not to be overlooked…

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What if Fitness Wearables Affected Our Health Insurance Rates?

Fitness wearables have been very popular, but sadly not very sticky. After 3-4 months, consumers tend to put them in a drawer and never wear them again. Many companies in this space think the solution might be to increase the value of the data that these fitness wearables collect. For instance, companies like FitBit started…

Someone deleted my file. How can I find out who?

If you’ve ever been tasked with recovering a lost file or folder and had to explain exactly what happened (Who moved or deleted it? When did it happen? Why?), you know how annoyingly time-consuming it can be. And sometimes you simply don’t have any good answers. All you can do is restore from backup. How…

Going Back To SQL Server 2008 In Order To Move Ahead

Last year, Microsoft ended its support for SQL 2008/R2. Customers with an enterprise agreement are still supported, but it’s a good idea to start planning your upgrade. Upgrading your production SQL Servers without a detailed plan of attack can be risky and result in a messy, time-consuming weekend (or two). The very first step is…

The Journey to File Permission Perfection  

More devices than ever. More platforms to choose from. An expanding universe of data choices that can be both exciting and confusing at the same time. Tablets, phablets, laptops, iOS, Android, Windows, UNIX/Linux file servers, and NAS devices. Add SharePoint, Dropbox, Google Drive, and LinkedIn to the mix. These are all awesome platforms for allowing…

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Microsoft Fixes A Kerberos Silver Ticket Vulnerability

Note: This post has created a bit of controversy among the security illuminati! A post on Still Passing the Hash Blog 15 Years Later explains the issues. I think a large part of their argument is that I’m saying vulnerabilities related to Silver Tickets are now once and for all resolved by Microsoft. Yes, I should have been…