8 Things You Didn’t Know About Security Regulations (#4 is Crazy!)

1. The HHS has a “Wall of Shame”.

In the US, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires hospitals, insurers, and other “covered entities” to take a few steps after a breach of protected health information (PHI). Many are familiar with the rule that you have to directly notify the patient when there’s been exposure of unprotected PHI.

4 Things You Need to Know About the Future of File Sharing

Have you been in this movie? You’ve been working for two months on a big project to analyze widgets — sales, marketing effectiveness, whatever. The first real deliverable is a presentation. A few versions are in your team’s shared folder, a few copies have been sent via email, one is in your home folder, your designer…

Latest Varonis Survey Reveals the Speed Bumps to Ubiquitous Enterprise Search

We can’t imagine modern consumer life without search engines to help us find Web content that answers our most pressing questions. But in the business world, the situation is almost reversed—we’ve settled for pre-Internet era file search technology to locate the documents and information that help us do our jobs. In a Varonis survey of…

What you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. The Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to send a firm message to the industry – be prepared for higher HIPAA fines if you don’t pass your audit! The Department of HHS’ Office of Civil Rights has received numerous security complaints about organizations that have failed to perform a comprehensive HIPAA-mandated risk…

File Shares

Which Cloud File Sharing Service Should You Use?

Many companies with massive amounts of file share data are scrambling to find cloud file storage that meets their highly specialized needs, all while balancing security, convenience, and cost. But what if we flip the problem on its head? Instead of abandoning battle-tested file shares, what if we enhance their capabilities?

What You May Have Missed

What You May Have Missed

1. The World Cup kicked off yesterday.  Behind the scenes, Rio’s Operations Centre is responsible for working with 30 government agencies to ensure that the event will run smoothly. It’s no surprise that real-time big data has been supporting their efforts: data fed from sensors, video feeds, and social media are displayed on a smart…

60% of Our EMC World Survey Has 30TB of Human-Generated Data; 42% Can Access It …

We did a quick, informal survey at EMC World to get a sense of the state of cloud-based file sync in organizations that are likely to store large amounts of data. From our 300 responses, we can summarize the situation like this: terabytes of data reside in the enterprise, but it’s siloed and hard to…

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Data Brokers and Data Governance Practices

Along with other data security and privacy wonks, I was looking through the FTC’s 110-page report on the data broker industry. Released last Tuesday, “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” has some interesting and even a few eyebrow-raising facts based on the FTC’s year-long investigations. The FTC looked into nine data brokers to…

File sync and mobile access for file shares

IT admins in the enterprise that wrestle with Dropbox and BYOD know that “dude, just go cloud!” is not as simple as it sounds. Any savvy IT architect knows that it’s not simply about moving the bits across a wire.  For many companies, uprooting their file share data means pulling the plug on tried and…

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Meanwhile Back at the EU: Google Runs into Fundamental Privacy Rights

There’s been a long standing dispute between the EU regulators and Google over whether it could be forced to remove links from its web search results.  Today, the European Court of Justice issued a final ruling against Google. While this is being billed as a “right to be forgotten” victory, actually these words don’t appear…