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Is data loss prevention better than cure?

Live Regcast A quick glance at the mainstream press, never mind the pages of The Reg, will show why data loss and theft are very bad news for your company and your career. That's why you should tune in today at 12:00 GMT. It will cover why Data Loss Prevention and its cousin, Data Theft Prevention, are now matters of concern, not just to …
David Gordon, 12 Nov 2015
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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

Call it “safe harbour” in action: Microsoft has announced it's going to go along with Germany's data privacy concerns and start hosting Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online in that country. The decision comes hard on the heels of the company's decision to spin up some rust in the UK, with the Ministry of Defence as an …
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Russian nuke plant operator to build on-site data centre

Russia's sole nuclear power plant operator, Rosenergoatom, has reportedly hit on the idea of building a data centre next to one of its power plants. Telecom Daily reports that that the Kalinin nuclear power plant will gain a ten-thousand-rack, 80-megawatt data centre as a near neighbour. Co-locating power sources and data …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015

This will get pulses racing, thinks EMC: Copy data management

EMC's XtremIO all-flash array has had a copy data management facility added as the storage goliath takes on Actifio, Catalogic, and Delphix. Eazy-E has added iCDM (integrated Copy Data Management) to its XtremIO arrays that hold primary data and not secondary data. Typically, copy data is stored on secondary storage with …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2015

Fujitsu hits the data accelerator and parallelises SSD access

Fujitsu Labs has had in-memory database software directly talk to an SSD, optimising data positioning for faster access, and boosting database performance threefold over standard SSD use. The in-memory database SW sent read and write commands directly to the flash chips. It has a read-ahead feature, cognisant of data access …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2015

Is data loss prevention better than cure?

Regcast A quick glance at the mainstream press, never mind the pages of The Reg, will show why data loss and theft are very bad news for your company and your career. That's why you should tune in to this live video broadcast at 12:00 GMT on November 12. It will cover why Data Loss Prevention and its cousin, Data Theft Prevention, …
David Gordon, 13 Oct 2015

EU data protection chief: Snaffling all air traveller data goes too far

Europe’s data protection tsar has warned law-makers that collecting and storing information on all airline travellers risks breaching EU privacy laws. The so-called PNR (passenger name record) scheme is back on the table after being rejected by MEPs in 2013. The plan is to force airline operators to store every scrap of …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015

Yahoo! spills! user! account! beans! in! 60%! of! gov! data! requests!

Yahoo! has received 5,221 government requests for user data in the first six months of this year, and coughed up some sort of information at least 60 percent of the time. The statistics are part of Purple Palace's latest transparency report detailing government requests for customer data. A total of 7,817 Yahoo! responses …
Team Register, 13 Nov 2015
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Are you local? HDS adds locality, Data Ingestor to object storage

HDS has revved its object-storing HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) with what looks to be better data management and protection features. There is a new piece of hardware, the HCP S30, which can store more than 450PB of data in a single multi-node system using commodity storage. A G10 node server architecture has SSD support for …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2015

Malware, restoring data: What keeps data center techies up all night

A majority of organizations polled in a data center and cloud security survey are dissatisfied with their malware containment and recovery times. More than half (55 per cent) of survey respondents were dissatisfied with the length of time it takes them to contain and recover from hacker infiltrations and malware infections, …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2015
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Microsoft preps Azure data lake flood gates for readiness

Microsoft will later this year release its open-source friendly lake for big-data analytics in the cloud. Azure Data Lake Store – announced at Build in April – will be released as a preview, Microsoft said Monday. The store will be built on Apache YARN for developers and data scientists, to analyse information, and will use …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Sep 2015

Amazon's chomping at the Brits: UK to get AWS data center region

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to build a UK region, alongside existing regions in Dublin and Frankfurt. A region is a high-level concept which is formed from multiple "availability zones," requiring several physical data centers. This represents a substantial commitment from Amazon. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced the new …
Tim Anderson, 06 Nov 2015
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Speaking in Tech: Amazon wants all your data ... on a disk

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Sarah is out but Amy Lewis sits in with Greg and Ed to discuss AWS, the move to Big Data, VMware and Apple parting ways, and cloud app protection. This week we discuss... (1:00) Trade: Amy sits in for Sarah …
Team Register, 07 Oct 2015

Microsoft's Big Data-driven improvement efforts flounder

Microsoft Research and a researcher from North Carolina State University have studied Redmond's internal use of Big Data tools and found that the company needs to change in order to put data to work. And so, probably, does yours. The paper, The Bones of the System: A Case Study of Logging and Telemetry at Microsoft (PDF) …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2015
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Germany says Ja to data-slurp law 2.0

Germany's Bundestag has voted for a new version of the data retention law that caused so much controversy in the past, with the new regulations approved by 404 to 148 votes, with seven abstentions. The new law will force telcos to store call and email records for 10 weeks, as well as metadata including information about who …
Jennifer Baker, 16 Oct 2015

Rapid7 inhales cloudy machine data search firm Logentries

Rapid7 has bought cloud-based machine data search and log company Logentries for $68m in cash and equity, allowing Rapid7 to add that functionality to its widely used penetration testing tool Metasploit. Adding disruptive log management and efficient, fast search will give corporate security teams the ability to deeply …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2015

Silicon Valley freeze-out: EU watchdog tells firms clock is ticking to limit data transfers

Companies have been put on notice by Brussel's top privacy bod, who has warned them that the transfer of EU citizens' data to the US must be limited – and this must happen soon. It comes several weeks after a landmark decision in the European Court of Justice nullified the questionable US-EU Safe Harbour Agreement. "No one …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2015
New Rackspace datacenter in Crawley, UK

Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

US government agencies are being called out by Congress after it was revealed that they are falling woefully short in data center consolidation efforts. Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the number of data centers the American administration runs has gone up, in part because an …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2015

UK government looks to harness the potential of open data through APIs

In a speech earlier this week, Matt Hancock, minister for the Cabinet Office, referred to data as being "no longer just a record" but a "mineable commodity, from which value can be extracted" and outlined how the UK government intends to improve its use of the information at its disposal and help others exploit the data too. " …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Nov 2015
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Cisco to acquire ParStream for IoT data-sifting

Cisco-backed database and analytics newcomer ParStream is being re-assimilated, with the Borg announcing it's going to buy the "big data analytics" company (as it describes itself). The Borg has signalled its interest in sifting Internet of Things data for quite some time, and since ParStream grew out of Cisco's "Entrepreneurs …
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UK data watchdog: Massive fines won't keep data safe

The UK’s data protection watchdog has said issuing fines "left, right and centre" is not the way to ensure privacy. However, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham added that this doesn’t mean his office shouldn’t have those exact powers at its disposal. “The obligation laid on data protection authorities always to fine …
Jennifer Baker, 22 May 2015

Look over here! SAP unveils big data HANA update

Teutonic enterprise resource planning provider SAP has unveiled a cloudy HANA big data update, in an effort to drum up more interest in its in-memory databases. The SAP HANA Vora product will apparently extend in-memory computing to distributed data, and allow companies to mash up their corporate and Hadoop data. HANA Vora …
Kat Hall, 02 Sep 2015

EMC pitches a total DATA LAKE immersion

Fancy monetising your Big Data assets? EMC is flagging up a Big Data event on 23 March dealing with "scaling Big Data across an enterprise", whatever that means. If you attend you will “learn to work with Big Data, monetise your Big Data assets and see a fast and flexible Big Data solution”. The invite video includes the logos …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015

Microsoft boffins build better crypto for secure medical data crunching

As genome research - and the genomes themselves - get passed around the scientific community, the world's woken up to the security and privacy risks this can involve. A Microsoft research quintet has therefore published ways to help scientists work on genomic data while reducing the risk of data theft. The team published an …
Team Register, 16 Nov 2015
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Patreon thieves drop data, expose users' info all over web

Attackers who compromised crowd-funding outfit Patreon have dumped its user data on various bin sites around the web. It's perhaps a small irony that one of the dumps has landed on Mega, the Kim Dotcom-founded file-store that calls itself “The Privacy Company” (note: Dotcom is no longer involved with the business and has said …
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Facebook CTO: Clear legal grounds needed for EU-US data exports

A European Court last month threw data-sharing with the US into a thicket by tearing up the so-called safe harbor agreement. The catalyst for that was Facebook – or, rather Austrian Max Schrems, who’d accused Facebook of illegally analyzing user data, tracking users on third-party pages and participating in the US National …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Nov 2015
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Intel sprinkles Saffron on its chips, to satisfy its Big Data appetite

Intel's slung some spare silver at Saffron, a cognitive computing business with customers in aerospace, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing. It's yet another Big Data play, with Intel new technology senior veep Josh Walden blogging that the company offers a “fresh look” at big data anlytics. It's almost a copy of today's …
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Going loco for co-lo: ClearSky Data's dash for the cash

Startup ClearSky Data has taken in its second round of venture capital dosh this year with a $27m B-round following an earlier $12m A-round. The company was only started in 2014, so why, may we ask, the frantic need for the $39m cash pile? It's 3-tier storage startup whose system involves an on-premises appliance for hot data …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2015

Intel adds big data functions to math libraries

Intel is eyeing off the world of Big Data with the latest round of updates to its Parallel Studio Suite. In the latest update, Chipzilla has added a Data Analytics Acceleration Library (DAAL) to its venerable Math Kernel Library (MKL). As Intel explains here, DAAL's aim is to speed the operation of data analysis platforms …

Hortonworks bags US-gov inspired Big Data tech

Hortonworks is buying dataflow specialist Onyara, making the Hadoop-simplifying tech for use in the Internet of Things (IoT) its third corporate purchase. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed. The deal follows the Hadoop spinner’s purchase of SequenceIQ in April this year and XA Security in the Big Data security …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2015
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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

With less than a week until a new Russian data localisation law comes into effect, Facebook is making a last-ditch effort to avoid compliance. The rules forcing companies to keep Russians’ personal data on Russian soil becomes law on 1 September. It is not yet clear what sanctions, if any, will be handed out for non-compliance …
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015

EMC enables data movement from the white fluffy stuff

Cumulo Hopkintus is forming new product shapes as cloud winds strengthen in the data centre. There’s no bending with these gales, and EMC is having to go with the flow, enabling data movement off its arrays and into the public cloud. But it’s also providing better data protection in the cloud than Amazon, Google or their like …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015

Morgan Stanley staffer cops guilty plea over data breach

The Morgan Stanley staffer fired in January over a massive data breach has now entered a guilty plea in the Federal Court in Manhattan. Galen Marsh was being tried for taking hundreds of thousands of records of the bank's wealth management operation home. Some of the trove, affecting 900 individuals, then ended up on Pastebin …

Vodafone's woes worsen with new data-access accusation

Vodafone Australia's data access scandal has escalated towards blood-in-the-boardroom levels, with accusations that its abuse of a journalist's data in 2011 went on longer than the company has admitted. The saga began in 2011, when Sydney Morning Herald journalist Natalie O'Brien revealed serious privacy shortcomings in the …

Misconfigured Big Data apps are leaking data like sieves

More than a petabyte of data lies exposed online because of weak default settings and other configuration problems involving enterprise technologies. Swiss security firm BinaryEdge found that numerous instances of Redis cache and store archives can be accessed without authentication. Data on more than 39,000 MongoDB NoSQL …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2015
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The spy in your pocket: Researchers name data-slurping mobe apps

Android app developers are more promiscuous with your personal data than iOS devs, according to research that examined more than 100 popular apps to sniff the way they handed data to third parties. However, both iOS and Android developers are quite happy to scrape personal data and fire it off to third parties without asking …
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Webcast: How to prevent data loss and theft

Register now to watch our live Regcast, where help your business deal with Data Loss Prevention and Data Theft Prevention issues. Watch this video broadcast live at 11:00 GMT on November 12. Handy synopsis for you Data Loss Prevention (DLP) has been in the news for many years, but still organisations manage to ‘accidently’ …
David Gordon, 25 Sep 2015

Big Data investment? Tick, says MXC Capital

Channel merchant banker MXC Capital has splashed £4.8m on a minority stake in big data analytics minnow Sagacity Solutions - a price tag that matches the software firm’s turnover last year. The move comes weeks after MXC director Ian Smith told us he wants to place bets behind businesses in software development, managed …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015

Tencent targets Alibaba, seeds data cloud with £1 BEELLLION

Chinese megacorp Tencent is to pump $1.57bn (£1bn) into cloud computing tech over the next five years, in a bid to catch up with rival Alibaba. The money will go into infrastructure, operations, hiring talent and marketing its services, Dowson Tong, senior executive veep of Tencent, said at an industry forum on Tuesday, CNBC …
Kat Hall, 16 Sep 2015
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EU justice ministers agree on police data-sharing law

European justice ministers on Friday reached an agreement on a new EU law governing how police agencies share information. The Data Protection Directive is supposed to protect personal data that is processed for “the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the safeguarding against and the …
Jennifer Baker, 09 Oct 2015
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Microsoft in SaaS-y cloud data security slurp

Microsoft has acquired cloud security outfit Adallom. Adallom was founded in 2012 and follows the “R&D in Israel, sales in Silicon Valley” template for a range of data security products for clouds. The company's wares bring data loss prevention and reporting to cloud storage services, offering users the chance to see just who' …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2015

Policing the data hinterlands beyond the corporate firewall

Comment For Code42, the answer to the universe and everything is getting more interesting as it moves from protecting business users’ PCs and notebooks to providing data access security and monitoring tools. The US backup company has undergone recent C-level management changes, including making Joe Payne its CEO in July, and its focus …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015
Elephant Are we talking about Big Data enough? Should we plug it more?

The UK government's Science and Technology Committee has today opened an inquiry tasked with "examining the opportunities and risks of big data." The inquiry will look at whether the government is doing enough to promote the tech to Blighty's entrepreneurs, as well as issues around data protection and privacy. Nicola …
Kat Hall, 27 Jul 2015

Seagate offers California Uni genome data storage K-drives

Seagate has given the University of California, Santa Cruz a petabyte of Kinetic drives to store and access genomic data. Kinetic disk drives have direct access over the Ethernet, and a key:value store structure with an object-style PUT and GET interface. Andy Hospodor, UCSC’s executive director of the Storage Systems …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2015
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Right, opt out everybody! Hated paused again

The UK government's gaffe-prone scheme has been paused once again, this time to review the opt-out process of the much-hated and delayed program. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked data guardian Fiona Caldicott to provide advice on the wording for patient consent and ‘opt-outs’. The scheme was launched in 2013 …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2015
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German data retention law prompts Euro Commission backlash

Germany’s planned data retention law has run into more trouble. But not, despite media reports, because the European Commission is “threatening to take Germany to court”, nor even because of a court ruling against the EU-wide Data Retention Directive. On Tuesday, German stick-it-to-zer-Mann news site Netzpolitik published a …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Sep 2015
Max Schrems

No change in US law, no data transfer deals – German state DPA

The data protection authority at the German federal state of Schleswig Holstein has declared that any and all data protection workarounds for the transfer of data to the US after the European Court of Justice's Schrems v Facebook judgment are going to be illegal. In its first declaration on the post-Schrems legal landscape, …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2015
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Online pharmacy slapped with £130,000 fine for flogging customer data

Online pharmacy Pharmacy 2U has been slapped with a £130,000 fine by the Information Commissioner's Office for flogging customers to a marketing company without their consent. The ICO said Pharmacy 2U offered the customer names and addresses for sale through an online marketing list company. The ICO investigation found that …
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2015

MPs launch 'TalkTalk' inquiry over security of personal data online

Executives at TalkTalk, including CEO Dido Harding herself, may face a grilling from Members of Parliament over the shoddy security practices which led to the theft of than a million Britons' data from her company. This morning the Culture, Media and Sport Committee announced it had "launched an inquiry into cyber-security …

Tech Data: If only we could discount forex and impact of closing country ops...

Tech Data continued to pile on the pounds dollars in its latest quarterly financials – but only if the crushing currency burden and the impact of exiting operations in Latin America were discounted. In reality, the world's second largest technology distributor reported a five per cent slump in sales to $6.428bn for Q3 of …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2015