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Time to Put Some Big Data Misconceptions to Rest by Ryan O'Connor As a recent graduate, and now professor in the University of Connecticut's Business Analytics and Project Management masters program, I have a lot of conversations surrounding the topic of "Big Data" and questions such as, "What does that term actually mean?" Big Data is a fairly new topic and what seems to be an elusive term for many. Conversations are important to help bring clarity to Big Data, as well as generate ideas about how we can shape, not only what it is, but also the future of where it's going. Not that it's surprising, nor is it anyone's fault necessarily, but I have found quite a few misconceptions surrounding the topic. One of the biggest misconceptions I have run into, which would be scary if it were true, is that "Big Data" is easy to gather and use. This thought-process could easily ... (more)

When the Cloud Breaks

By Bill Mathews This is the follow up to my award-winning post “Why the Cloud Matters” (okay so it hasn’t won any awards yet but it did win some enemies). This post is dedicated to all the DMs I received via Twitter (runs on the cloud) about that article. Many folks seemed to think that I was singing the cloud’s praises and speaking nothing of its many faults. This is patently untrue. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I pretty much dislike almost everything and find fault in nearly everything – the cloud is no different. A lot of applications in the cloud have many, many is... (more)

IPS Updates, Splunk, Check Point and You

IPS Updates, Splunk, Check Point and You How I Learned to Stop Hating the Term “Zero-Day” but Not Really By: Bill Mathews Zero Day attacks – you know, the ones that almost EVERY signature in your IPS claim to protect you against? Yep those guys, nasty little things. Basically, if IPS vendors are to be believed, those are the things that don’t have a patch yet and have active exploits against them. You update your IPS signatures and BOOM protection from zero day! The problem we always run into, and this is with almost every IPS vendor so I’m not just picking on Check Point here, is... (more)

Apple’s Magical Lie

By: Ian Gillespie Warning: I am not an Information Security expert – I am the Lead Designer at Hurricane Labs. I do not know the detailed best practices of securing a network or how to set up a SIEM such as Splunk. You may be asking yourself, “Why the heck is this guy even writing an article on a blog about Information Security?!” Hold on a second – what I propose is an outsider’s perspective on the idea of information security as a whole. My perspective may not be the same as that of an information security specialist, but that’s the point. The purpose of this article is to h... (more)

Take Social Media Privacy Into Your Own Hands

By Steve McMaster - I’ve gotten in a lot of arguments lately about one of the latest “hot topics” in the end-user side of technology – privacy. With some of the biggest names in Social Media doing a really bad job of it (and I’m not even just talking about leaked passwords), it’s something that’s throwing itself in the face of many average, day-to-day computer users. Many in the security industry already know most of the things people are discovering, and have screamed warnings from the mountaintops to the folks below. Alas, this is the woe of being a security engineer. But here’... (more)