IoT Next Surveillance Frontier, Says US Spy Chief
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper delivers chilling remarks regarding the Internet of Things, noting there may come a day when spy agencies may tap into IoT for surveillance, network access, and more.
Apache Spark Ignites Big Data Adoption
Apache Spark is among the Hadoop ecosystem technologies acting as catalysts for broader adoption of big data infrastructure. Now, Looker -- a vendor of business intelligence software -- has announced support for Spark and other Hadoop technologies. The goal? To speed up access to the data that fuels business decision making.
Facebook Faces Trouble In France For Tracking Non-Users
The CNIL, France's data regulation authority, has issued a formal notice to Facebook, warning the social network that it needs to fairly collect data concerning the browsing activity of Internet users who do not have an account.
BIOS Hack Detection Added To Dell Enterprise Security Suite
With millions of machines potentially vulnerable to attacks on their BIOS firmware, Dell has introduced a verification tool designed for enterprise IT to monitor users' machines and intervene if an attack is detected. The cloud-based tool takes a different approach than other BIOS offerings on the market.
Gartner BI Magic Quadrant: Inflection Point Has Arrived
Reflecting the fundamental transformation in the market, Gartner has changed how it evaluates vendors in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics. Only three vendors survived the cut and stayed in the Leaders Quadrant. Here's a look at the changes.
US Education CIO Admits To 'Unacceptable' Behavior
US Department of Education CIO Danny Harris was grilled by lawmakers about possible ethics violations. Meanwhile the department, which has a lending budget the size of Citibank, was still said to be vulnerable to security threats.
Super Bowl 50 Gets Analyzed, Tableau Spooks Investors: Big Data Roundup
Data analysts got to work on Super Bowl 50, Tableau Software's earnings spooked investors on Wall Street, and OpenText released a tool for measuring sentiment about the US presidential elections. These are some of the stories you'll find in our big data roundup for the week ending February 7.
IBM Aims To Make Enterprises Agile With Cloud Data Services
IBM says its new "Open for data" slogan encompasses a slew of new cloud data services and analytics offerings designed to make it easy for enterprises to quickly get started with big data in the cloud, even if their workloads require secure on-premises implementations.
Cisco Bets Big On IoT With $1.4 B Jasper Buy
Cisco is acquiring Jasper Technologies, developer of an Internet of Things cloud platform, for $1.4 billion. The move further pushes Cisco toward its transformation into a software company.
Google Fiber Expansion Coming To Public Housing
Google continues the expansion of its Fiber Internet service by offering free connections for families in public housing, starting in Kansas City. The search giant is already offering free WiFi service in some public housing developments.
Email Etiquette: 5 Ways To Write Better Corporate Email
It's easier than ever to send a corporate email -- and that's a huge problem. Misleading and meandering messages often clog corporate inboxes and lead to poor communication among colleagues. Here's a look at five common email mistakes and ways to fix them.
Yahoo To Lay Off 15% Of Workforce, Hints At Sale Of Assets
Yahoo said it plans to cut 15% of its workforce and hinted at selling its non-strategic assets. Another strong indication that change is afoot is the resignation of a high-profile board member -- the second one in the past two months.
Hadoop At 10: Milestones And Momentum
Hadoop, an open source framework for wrangling unstructured data and analytics, celebrated its 10th birthday in January. Here's a look at the milestones, players, and events that marked the growth of this groundbreaking technology.
Computer Science For All: Obama Unveils Initiative For US Students
Computer science is no longer an optional skill, says President Barack Obama. The new Computer Science for All initiative represents an extension of ongoing efforts by the White House to improve the availability of, and access to, K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
OPM Breach Leads To New Systems, Procedures
The Obama Administration announced changes to the Office of Personnel Management designed to ameliorate the flawed systems and processes that led to a massive data breach in late 2014. The plans -- and the steps taken to get there -- hold lessons for any IT organization.
Wanted: IT Heroes For 2016 InformationWeek Awards
The submission period is now open for four new awards that will be presented during the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference in May. We need your help now to find the best candidates for each category.
5 Secrets Of Successful People-First Companies
The Accenture Technology Vision 2016 report examines five ways that adept digital companies are putting people first. Investing in the development and management of people will be necessary to navigate the tumultuous digital economy, according to Accenture.
65% Say Cloud As Secure As On-Premises
Nearly two-thirds of IT security professionals think cloud software security equals what they can provide in enterprise data centers, according to Cloud Security Alliance survey.
Big Data Benchmark Showdown: Talend Vs. Informatica
Talend has acknowledged Informatica's objections to a recent big data integration benchmark test. The company has issued an invitation to Informatica to participate in creating a new benchmark test. Will Informatica agree to the challenge?
Edge Analytics An Antidote To IoT Data Deluge
As more organizations embrace the IoT, some may find themselves overwhelmed by the volume of data generated. Edge analytics can reduce the need to store and process it all at a central location. Here are the details.
10 Stupid Moves That Threaten Your Company's Security
As you walk through the door of your company each morning, you are potentially poised to be the weakest link in your organization's defense against hackers and malicious attackers. Here are the 10 boneheaded moves you make -- often without realizing the security risk.
IoT Shows Its Worth To Businesses
The Internet of Things (IoT) can be used for a diverse set of tasks, including opening up new business models. A recent Forrester report explores how businesses are embracing IoT.
SAP's Q4, Full Year Results Lifted By Cloud
ERP software giant SAP reported revenue growth for its Q4 and full fiscal year, along with strong growth of its cloud business. But the strength of the cloud business weighed on profits, which declined for both the quarter and the year.
8 Ways To Monetize Data
Data may be a company's most valuable asset, but few are maximizing its economic benefit. Here eight ways that organizations are deriving real, bottom-line value from their data.
Encryption Vs. Privacy Battles Rage From Davos To US
The debate over efforts to protect users' privacy and encryption versus governments' efforts to fight terrorism was a major focus at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Meanwhile, battles over the same issue are emerging in the US from New York to California on the legislative level.
Brave Browser Aims To End Ad-Blocking War
LinkNYC WiFi Hotspots Kick Off
New York City has begun rolling out free high-speed public WiFi to replace some 7,500 outdated pay phones across all five boroughs.