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…

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Making Enterprise Search Results Relevant

Unlike the Internet where there are links between pages, the files within a file system don’t have that many clues about which files are the most useful or relevant for a given topic and a given searcher. Because DatAnswers incorporates access activity in its search algorithms, it can produce more relevant results based on a…

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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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What you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. If you liked our piece on the national health database, here’s an excellent NPR audio recording of the Diane Rehm Show, The Promise And Perils Of A New Project To Share Individual Patient Records. More than just a report about the health database, Joe Selby, Executive Director of PCORI addresses privacy rights as well…

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3 Challenges for the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet)

3 Challenges for the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet)

Have you noticed that a lot of health information created daily during patient visits is still not digitized? And if it is, the opportunities to use this data for research and for prevention are often missed because the networks that store this data cannot easily collaborate or communicate with each other. Finally, at the end…

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Affordable Enterprise Search

Enterprise search has traditionally come at a very high price. Because we’re able to leverage our existing framework to build DatAnswers, businesses now have a powerful and affordable option. Why is DatAnswers so affordable?    

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what you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. According to the FTC, there are 33 states that sell de-identified patient health information that is possible to re-identify and I was sad to learn our health data is worth a measly 50 bucks. 2. At a recent FTC workshop about Consumer Generated and Controlled Health Data, they covered a range of topics, from…

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The Lowdown on PCI DSS and Two-Factor Authentication

With the big security breaches from last year on our minds and with little new information available, there’s still plenty to puzzle over. One aspect of the Target breach that left security observers scratching their heads was the ease with which the hackers were able to gain access to the internal network by just swiping…

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What's the difference between hacking and phishing

What’s the Difference between Hacking and Phishing?

Because I’ve boldly assigned myself the task to explain hacking and phishing, I feel compelled to define both terms concisely because, as Einstein’s been quoted countless times, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Simply put, in my opinion: Hacking is using exploits to gain access to something you do…

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