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The Big Data Boom May Cost You Your Privacy


Welcome to the Monday edition of the IP news roundup. Here are the latest headlines in big data, business continuity, disaster recovery and network security:

  • Is a potential big data economic boom worth the invasion of your privacy?  PoliticusUSA.com questioned whether big data can create an economic boom similar to the Internet boom of the 1990s. The article states, “We know Big Data is hot when a report presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland early in 2012 reclassified data as an asset like gold or oil.” However, this valuable data does not come without its costs, as the article explored ways companies can use big data to gain access to information that you may not want them to know. For example, your auto insurance company can collect data transmitted from your car to learn where you go and how fast you drive.
  • Hurricane Sandy puts business continuity on the radar. Although it has been a few weeks since Hurricane Sandy struck, many businesses that were in the storm’s path are still not fully operational. To help businesses avoid the worst in future disasters, CBIZ has released an infographic which outlines six steps to a business continuity plan. The infographic stresses the importance of “identifying potential threats to your organization and how they may impact your business operations. This can help determine the necessary steps to ensure continued survival and prosperity before, during, and after an emergency.”
  • Don’t forget these four important, yet often overlooked, business continuity steps. According to an article on the StorageCraft blog, “Disaster recovery and business continuity are about more than evacuation plans and data backup software. While these are key parts of developing the right strategy for protecting the company, having the ability to relocate flexibly, considering employee safety, ensuring power requirements are met, and even having an alternate food and water supply ready for the office are also essential.” The article suggests frequent testing to ensure that everything from your power supply to your server backup system will function during an emergency. For more tips, see the Storagecraft article.
  • If your employees use their personal devices to access corporate data, you’ll want to give them this article on what not to do when connecting to free public Wi-Fi. The Gizmodo Australia article warns not to tap into “free public Wi-Fi”, as a Windows design quirk means that these connections “are just people attempting to connect to each other’s systems in the mistaken belief that access is on offer. That problem was largely confined to Windows XP; these days, if you see that name, it could easily be someone malicious trying to grab personal information when you surf.” To discover more public Wi-Fi mistakes, read the complete article.
  • And finally … Cisco plans to purchase cloud network company Meraki for $1.2B to form new Cloud Networking Group. “The acquisition of Meraki enables Cisco to make simple, secure, cloud managed networks available to our global customer base of mid-sized businesses and enterprises. These companies have the same IT needs as larger organizations, but without the resources to integrate complex IT solutions,” said Rob Soderbery, senior vice president, Cisco Enterprise Networking Group.

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