Don’t Be Intimidated By Data Governance

Don’t Be Intimidated By Data Governance

Data governance, the understanding of the raw data of an organization is an area IT departments have historically viewed as a lose-lose proposition. Not doing anything means organizations run the risk of data loss, data breaches and data anarchy – no control, no oversight – the Wild West with IT is just hoping for the best. On the flipside, opening …

Switch to open data could save companies $10B annually

Switch to open data could save companies $10B annually

A switch to standardized, open federal data formats could save U.S. companies roughly $10 billion in annual compliance costs, according to new research. The practice of replacing document-based reporting with standardized and open data formats, or standard business reporting (SBR), would reduce compliance costs and allow for the implementation of software that could remove much of the current complexity and …

What does the requirement for data privacy mean for data scientists

What does the requirement for data privacy mean for data scientists, business analysts and IT?

Corporate compliance with an increasing number of industry regulations intended to protect personally identifiable information (PII) has made data privacy a frequent and public discussion. An inherent challenge to data privacy is, as Tamara Dull explained, “data, in and of itself, has no country, respects no law, and travels freely across borders. In the digital age, there are no geographical borders. And yet, most …

Australia finally has mandatory data breach nofitication

Australia finally has mandatory data breach nofitication

Australia will have a mandatory data breach notification scheme in place within the year after several aborted attempts, following the passage of legislation through the senate today. The Labor and Liberal parties today united to pass the government’s Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 into law. The passage came despite a last-ditch attempt by the Greens to make changes to …

The 38 security statistics that matter most

The 38 security statistics that matter most

Security by the numbers The 38 cybersecurity stats that matter most Analyst reports, vendor surveys, and research studies offer a wealth of statistics on the current state of cybersecurity within industry and government. They help organizations get a sense of emerging threats and how their security controls and processes compare against industry best practices and trends. But keeping on top …

UK government's digital transformation strategy puts vendors on alert

UK government’s digital transformation strategy puts vendors on alert

The UK government has revealed its plans for how it will overhaul and modernise its legacy back-end IT systems. One of the big takeaways is that the government is looking to exit its large existing IT contracts with end-to-end providers and move to a model that takes advantage of individual components that are communicating through common APIs. Ben Gummer MP, …

How data breaches are discovered

How data breaches are discovered

While the laws dealing with cybersecurity notifications vary by state, there’s general agreement among organizations that they ought to notify consumers, regulators and others as soon as they discover a breach. But what happens when those other stakeholders are the ones who notify you with the first news of the breach?  In December 2016, Yahoo disclosedthat a 2013 hack had …

NSA to share data with other agencies without “minimizing” American information

NSA to share data with other agencies without “minimizing” American information

On Thursday the New York Times reported that the Obama Administration had recently finalized rules to give the National Security Agency (NSA) more leeway in sharing its vast trove of intercepted communications with the 15 other government agencies that make up the Intelligence Community. Previously, agencies like the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have to …

Open Data 2.0: Transparency

Open Data 2.0: Transparency, Now With Focus

It has never been easier for citizens to get their hands on government data. The website data.gov features over 193,000 datasets (and counting) from every area of the government at federal, state, and local levels. State, county, and city governments have also been pioneers in the open data movement. Cheerleaders for open data include President Barack Obama, Tim Berners-Lee (the …