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Online Privacy Worries Increasing Worldwide
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Ulf Mattsson
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Ulf Mattsson,
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4/19/2013 | 6:11:58 PM
re: Online Privacy Worries Increasing Worldwide
I agree about the "intriguing differences between users in the U.S. and Europe on personal data privacy concerns. For example, while users in both geographies have "similar levels of unease," U.S. users are more reluctant to share information, with 38% saying they're less likely to share personal data now than they were three years ago".

IBM reported last month in "2012 Trend and Risk Report" that the United States had 46 % of the breaches compared to 8 % in the United Kingdom.

I think that Big Data will add to this picture since it will change the way we are dealing with data. Collecting and processing a huge amount of data is now more feasible and cost effective with Big Data technology.

Many companies are now collecting data files into Big Data environments without fully understand what specific and potentially sensitive information that is hidden in those files. In many cases they do not have the resources to analyze the data content before storing these huge volumes of data.

Many organizations have rushed into Big Data focused solely on ROI, and security is an afterthought. There is also a shortage in Big Data skills and an industry-wide shortage in data security personnel, so many organizations donGt even know they are doing anything wrong from a security perspective.

I think that a crisis is likely to occur very soon:

1. A Big Data security crisis is likely to occur very soon. Few organizations have the ability to deal with it.

2. We have little knowledge about data loss or theft in big data environments.

3. I imagine it is happening today but has not been disclosed to the public.

The good news is that some organizations are proactive and successfully using new approaches to address issues with security and privacy in Big Data environments.

The CEO must understand this risk and the CISO must understand the issues with privacy and security that is associated with this new technology.

Ulf Mattsson, CTO Protegrity


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