The Best Ways to Secure Your Personal Data

A few weeks ago the entire tech world was up in arms over an unfortunate breach of digital security for Wired blogger Mat Honan.
An explanation directly from Honan himself: “In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.”
This and the recent hacking of Yahoo passwords got me thinking about how many have brought old-school security techniques to a brand new tech party where the scope and magnitude of our computing habits have a much tighter link to our real lives.  So I did some research about the best ways to secure your personal data.  It is also very pertinent to the work we do at Contemporary Analysis.
There’s little you can do about a service you use getting compromised, but there are things you can do to minimize the risk of people taking over your accounts or stealing your personal data if it does happen. (more…)

Forbes: The Age of Big Data / A Looming Talent Gap For Data Scientists / Why Companies Are Spending More on Analytics

The Age of Big Data: “…Big Data has the potential to utterly transform the relationship that individuals have with institutions, customers with companies, patients with the healthcare system, students with universities, and voters with government. And that means once it has fully penetrated society and industry, the Big Data revolution may very well prove a turning point in our economic – and ultimately, cultural – history as great as the electronics revolution. . . perhaps even as great as the first and second Industrial Revolutions.”
–“Why? Because once the relationship of individuals to institutions transforms, the benefits to the individual consumer, citizen, patient and student will be profound.” (Forbes)
How a Looming Talent Gap Will Crush Enterprise Hopes for Big Data: “’A lot of companies don’t know how to find data scientists, and don’t understand data science,’ … ‘These enterprise companies can’t implement a proper data analytical solution because they have no data talent.'”
— “Part of the problem is an overall lack of big data skills in the United States. In May 2011, the McKinsey Global Institute laid out the numbers: ‘By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.’” (ReadWriteWeb)
Big Data Security Is Inevitable: “There’s been a fair amount of discussion about the fact that security analytics is becoming a big data problem. … If you think that enterprises recognize these trends, boning up on Hadoop, Cassandra, and NoSQL, and hiring data scientists to tag along with security analysts, think again.  There’s a growing security skills shortage that will preclude these activities before they even start.(Network Worlds)
Big Data Holds Big Promise for Government: “Big data has the potential to transform the work of government agencies, unlocking advancements in efficiency, the speed and accuracy of decisions and the capability to forecast, according to a separate report from MeriTalk.”
–“…the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London is combining data from London’s Oyster cards – used to pay for public transport – and Twitter messages. Tube-travel patterns are regular: people who enter the system at one station tend to leave it at a particular other one. Twitter messages reveal a city’s structure and its activity.” (Smart Data Collective)
Why are companies spending more on analytics despite cutbacks elsewhere? “Analyst Dan Vesset, author of IDC’s “Worldwide Business Analytics Software” report, credits ‘attention-grabbing headlines’ about big data, rather than the data stockpiles themselves, with helping to put business analytics on the agenda of senior executives. Goodnight seems equally dubious, saying big data is the hot new topic ‘because people got tired of talking about the cloud.'” (InformationWeek)


Security is very important to CAN since we work with our clients’ most sensitive information and provide them insights that are essential to the future of their organizations.  Our clients trust us with their most valuable information including business plans, intellectual property, financial and customer data.  We work daily to respect that trust.  The following is an introduction to how CAN maintains the security of all of our systems, sensitive data, and Contemporary Analysis. (more…)

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