Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in big data, network security and more:
- By 2015, 90% of the world’s data will be unstructured. This increase in unstructured data – from sources such as email, instant messages and social media – will drive big data adoption. According to a study by HP, 90% of CIOs plan to incorporate unstructured data into their enterprise insights, processes and strategies. For more information on the growth of big data, see HP’s infographic.
- Hospitals and manufacturers must protect medical devices from attacks. Research has demonstrated how hackers can remotely control and disable critical medical devices, such as pacemakers and insulin pumps. Although the U.S. FDA is not aware of any targeted attacks against these devices to date, it is warning device manufacturers and hospitals to better protect computer-embedded health care devices from attacks.
According to SCMagazine, “The FDA recommended that device manufacturers “take appropriate steps to limit the opportunities for unauthorized access” to these endpoints. This includes evaluating their security practices and policies, and deploying designs, strategies and methods to both prevent against attack and respond in the event of a breach. Meanwhile, health care entities must ensure their networks are built to repel unauthorized access and attacks by monitoring for anomalous behavior, patching regularly and conferring with device makers. For more information on protecting medical devices from attacks, see SCMagazine.
- Companies will spend an average of $1.5 million on cloud services over the next 12 months. According to IDG Enterprise’s “2013 Cloud Computing” report, this is a 10% increase from 2012. The survey of 1,358 IT professionals revealed that 29% plan to move the majority of their IT operations to the cloud within the next five years – up from 27% in 2012. The majority of respondents (69%) favor private clouds, while 59% report having data, applications or infrastructure deployed in a public cloud. Only 28% of respondents use community clouds. For more cloud trends, see the 2013 Cloud Computing report.
- And finally … big data reveals the science behind word of mouth. Have you ever wondered why some products or companies get more word of mouth than others? Researchers from the Wharton School used big data to discover that it has more to do with science than with luck. According to their research, there are six factors that influence what people talk about and share. One of these factors is triggers, because “[if] something is top-of-mind it will be tip-of-the-tongue. Just like peanut butter reminds us of jelly, the more we’re triggered to think about a product or idea, the more we’ll talk about it.” To learn about the other five principles that drive word of mouth, see TechCrunch.
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