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Data Breach Down Under Puts Thousands of Asylum Seekers at Risk

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

A data breach in the Australian immigration department has exposed thousands of asylum seekers to an increased risk of persecution if they are returned to their countries of origin.

The incident occurred back in February when the personal details of almost 10,000 asylum seekers being held in detention in Australia were inadvertently published on the immigration department’s website. The details included names, date of births, locations in detention and nationalities.

 

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The Big Companies Best at Using Big Data

Posted on July 27, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

Much has been said about how big data is transforming businesses and industries around the world. Much has been made of how it is being deployed in everything from tennis tournaments in SW19 to the construction of energy efficient cities.

More than just a buzzword, big data is the undisputed star of modern technology. But what of the big companies harnessing it’s power to revolutionise their business and products? They are the bandmates that provide the music for big data to do its big solo.

Their successes make big data the star it is and it’s about time somebody praised them for a change. Which is exactly what we’re going to do with a look at some of the big companies that are using big data best…

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What Does the Future Hold For Big Data?

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

That’s what Charles H Duell said, as the U.S Office of Patents Commissioner in 1899.

And in the 100+ years that followed his pronouncement, we’ve seen inventions such as:

  • The car
  • The plane
  • Nuclear power
  • The personal computer
  • The Internet

But as easy as it is to scoff at Duell’s seemingly naive assertion from our vantage point in history, the truth is that each of the inventions has had its share of critics who downplayed their significance.

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How Netflix Uses Data to be Better

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

With 44 million subscribers globally, billions of hours of video streamed every month and over 30 million plays a day tracked every time a viewer rewinds, fast forwards or pauses a show, it’s safe to say Netflix collects a lot of data along with it’s on-demand media streaming service.

This data is being used in a number of innovative ways to provide the best user experience for its subscribers from recommending programs or movies to improving playback quality and identifying poorly translated subtitles.

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How Broadcasters Used Big Data at Wimbledon 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

Sports broadcasting used to be about the sports.

The focus was on the actual dramatic events unfolding on the football pitch, baseball field or tennis court. Fans sat on tenterhooks in stadiums and at home willing their team or their player to make the game-winning move.

Then along came storytelling. Sports broadcasts now features footage of players’ hometowns, discussions with high school coaches, adding a layer of narrative to add emotional depth to an already dramatic event.

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UK Financial and Retail Firms Branded “Naive” Over Data Security

Posted on July 04, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

UK financial services and retail organisations have been accused of being “naïve” about data security after a new survey found that 60 percent are confident that their security controls are able to prevent the loss of data files.

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Advantage Analytics: Wimbledon and the Power of Big Data

Posted on July 02, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

The American technology monolith IBM has been part and parcel of the Wimbledon Championships for 25 years and this year’s Grand Slam looks set to push big data further in tennis than it’s been before. 


Back in 1991, IBM and Wimbledon were first able to utilise technology in tennis when they measured the speed of players’ serves at the All England Club. In the years since, thanks to big data and secure data transfer solutions, the analytical possibilities at tennis’s most esteemed Grand Slam have become almost endless.

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A Beginner’s Guide to PCI Compliant Data Acquisition

Posted on June 30, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

At first there were five.

Visa had one, MasterCard had one, American Express had one, Discover had one and JCB had one.

Each company had the same noble intention: to protect their card holders by making sure that merchants met minimum levels of security when they stored, processed and transmitted cardholder data.

And so, in the throes of the 2004 Christmas shopping season, these 5 companies joined forces to form the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

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The Essential 2-Step Cheat Sheet For HIPAA Compliance

Posted on June 29, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

“What you don’t know can’t hurt you” is a myth that has been debunked by many.

But when it comes to HIPAA compliance, knowledge isn’t enough...because you can be hurt the most by what you don’t do.

 

What is HIPAA?

Before we get into the steps, let’s look at what HIPAA actually is.

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance and Portability Act of 1996. It was signed into effect by US President Bill Clinton, and essentially governs health insurance for employees, as well as specifying the minimum standards for the secure file transfer and protection of electronic health records.

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This Month On Cloud China – June 2014

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

This month’s cloud file transfer news on Cloud China...

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 Alibaba’s Cloud-Computing Unit To Open First Hong Kong Data Center

Alibaba Group’s cloud computing unit, called Aliyun (or AliCloud), said today that its first data center in Hong Kong will launch on May 12. This is significant because it marks Aliyun’s first step toward international expansion. The announcement comes less than a week after Alibaba filed for its U.S. public offering, which is expected to be one of the largest tech IPOs ever. Click here to read more.

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