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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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Forrester’s Wake-Up Call to Companies

Hey, we’ve received another shout out from the research community. Forrester, one of the most influential IT research and advisory firms in the world, has mentioned us in “Wake-Up Call: Poorly Managed Employee Access Rights Are a Breach Waiting to Happen (Merritt Maxim, April 28, 2015).” In the report, Forrester has noted a significant trend…

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Verizon DBIR 2015: Data Science Takes on Insiders

The 2015 edition of Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report, this blog’s favorite source of hacking stats, was published recently. As always, there’s great information included, and we can’t possibly cover all the interesting nuggets — breach costs, secondary victims — in a single post. Hint: there’ll be more on DBIR 2015 in future posts. This…

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How to Create a Good Security Policy

CIOs have taken note of the nightmarish scenarios data breaches can bring – remember Sony and Target? To combat this ticking time bomb, they’ve beefed up their security budgets. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Carnegie-Mellon University also recommends creating a security policy which you can to refer to if your systems are compromised. Why…

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SSL and TLS 1.0 No Longer Acceptable for PCI Compliance

Last month, the PCI Council released version 3.1 of their Data Security Standard (DSS). While most of the changes in this minor release are clarifications, there is at least one significant update involving secure communication protocols. The Council has decided that SSL and TLS 1.0 can no longer be used after June 30, 2016. The…

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More Work to Be Done in Preparation for the New EU Data Protection Regulation [SURVEY]

In March 2015 at CeBIT, Varonis asked show attendees about their general understanding of the upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation. The new rules reform the EU’s existing 1996 Data Protection Directive and are expected to go into effect later this year or next. Here’s a snapshot of some of the more important considerations in the…

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Can We Trust Autopsy Results in Canada (or Anywhere)?

As if we didn’t have enough bad news about evidence used in the court room, now comes a story out of Canada about the security of court records. In testimony given at a trial in Alberta, Dr. Anny Sauvageau, the province’s former chief medical examiner, said that the government’s court IT system had little or…

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The ‘Varonis Track’ at EMC World 2015

Attending EMC World next month? Just as we did for RSA, we’ve come through again with our own ‘Varonis Track’—a special subset of sessions that we think will be of interest to Varonis customers, current and future. Security, Governance IT generalists and data security experts need to work together in the new cyberthreat environment. Partners…

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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,…

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Data Scientists Worth Following on Twitter

Many people who actually use the term “data scientist” don’t really like it. Isn’t science about data in the first place? It’s a bit redundant. But there is something special about what data scientists are actually doing. Drew Conway, PhD from NYU in Politics and now Head of Data at Sum, put together a neat…

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