Should companies practice data retention or data destruction?

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By Ellen Messmer, Network World | August 21st, 2014 Many businesses focus on record retention, but here’s why one lawyer says “Destroy!”. Many businesses spend a lot of time thinking about how to retain and store data, but there’s another idea: Think about how to destroy your data. Why? According to one attorney who advocates…

Community Health Systems blames China for recent data breach

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By Steve Ragan, CSO | August 18th, 2014 Community Hospital Systems (CHS), which operates just over 200 hospitals in 29 states, reported a data breach impacting about 4.5 million people on Monday. The incident, blamed on actors in China, was made public via an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The 8-K…

Hackers steal data on 4.5 million US hospital patients

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By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service | August 18th, 2014 Community Health Systems says the breach occurred in April and June. A major U.S. hospital operator says hackers based in China broke into its computer systems and stole data on 4.5 million patients. Community Health Systems said the attack occurred in April and June of…

How hackers used Google in stealing corporate data

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By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | August 7th, 2014 A group of innovative hackers used free services from Google and an Internet infrastructure company to disguise data stolen from corporate and government computers, a security firm reported. FireEye discovered the campaign, dubbed Poisoned Hurricane, in March while analyzing traffic originating from systems infected with a remote…

Architectural Firm Puts Giant Data Files in the Cloud

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By Bob Violino, CIO | July 30th, 2014 A global architectural firm sees big advantages in putting building design data in a cloud storage service. Perkins and Will, like many other global architectural firms, is struggling to manage ever-growing volumes of information. Data-intensive applications such as building information modeling (BIM) produce enormous files on a…

Majority of large ISPs now using monthly data caps, GAO says

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By Grant Gross, IDG News Service | July 29th, 2014 Many broadband subscribers are confused about the amount of data they use and broadband plan options, a study says. U.S. broadband providers appear to be embracing monthly data caps, but customers are confused about the amount of data they use and broadband plan options, according…

Security must evolve to be ‘all about the data’

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By Taylor Armerding, CSO | July 24th, 2014 There is a fierce debate about whether GMOs — genetically modified organisms — with built-in resistance to pests, fungus, drought and other agricultural threats, are a good thing when it comes to our food supply. But there was little debate Thursday morning in Boston at a panel…

MIT invention to speed up data centers should cheer developers

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By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | July 18th, 2014 Fastpass uses parallel processing to eliminate the need for complicated network queues, researchers say. A breakthrough by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could change the way Web and mobile apps are written and help companies like Facebook keep the cat videos coming. Their…

Cisco, Microsoft chasing clouds

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By Jim Duffy, Network World | July 18th, 2014 Companies extend data center integration work with 3 year GTM agreement. Cisco this week expanded its data center arrangement with Microsoft with a multiyear sales and go-to-market effort for integrated products. The deal builds upon one agreed to 15 months ago, when the two companies combined…

Jesse Jackson demands Twitter release employee diversity data

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By John Ribeiro, IDG News Service | July 18th, 2014 Jackson said black underrepresentation in tech companies cannot be explained by a lack of technical skills. U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has called on Twitter to release its employee diversity information, which its Silicon Valley peers such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook…

Systems engineer arrested in massive data leak in Japan

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By Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service | July 17th, 2014 At least 7 million names were stolen from the database of education firm Benesse. Tokyo police on Thursday arrested a systems engineer accused of stealing millions of customer names from the computer database of a large education firm to sell them for profit. Masaomi Matsuzaki,…

The biggest data breaches of 2014 (so far)

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By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service | July 11th, 2014 Hackers, mistakes, bad security and stupidity are putting your data at risk like never before. In the battle to keep your personal information private, it’s not just hackers you have to worry about but lax security and stupidity. A survey of data breaches in the…