• Why We Need End-to-End Quantum-Resistant Encryption

    In a world that increasingly revolves around data, security and encryption are key. Unfortunately, too often organisations do not take security seriously. Big tech giants like Facebook allow firms such as Cambridge Analytica to syphon away 50 million user profiles, while the average Internet of Things device is so easy to hack that a kid can do it, even if it is meant to be a highly-secure crypto wallet. In the years to come, data will only increase in importance and as such in value. With that will come increased attention by hackers to steal data or hack your products, services or servers. [...]

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    The Top 7 Technology Trends for 2018

    It is that time of the year again and 2017 is over before we knew it. The Year of Intelligence brought us a lot of progress and change; from over-hyped ICO’s to algorithms that created secret languages. As every year since 2012, I provide you with seven of the most important technology trends for 2018 to help you, and your business, prepare for the next year. One thing that we can state is that we are on our way to enter the 4th Industrial Revolution. Many of the technologies that have been promised for decades are constantly improving and are now reaching a point of maturity. Once that [...]

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    3 Ways Blockchain Will Transform the Internet of Things

    There is no denying the power of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT devices are already in 60 percent of U.S. homes using a broadband connection, and an estimated 200 million vehicles will be connected to the internet by 2020, standing to transform entire industries for a good reason. By the end of 2017, approximately 8.4 billion devices are projected to be connected to the IoT -- that is more than the human population. It is only going to expand as time moves on, as more data is created by these smart devices and as technology continues to advance. These numbers are expected to increase [...]

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    Why Blockchain Will Improve Your Big Data

    The rise of cloud storage has helped companies collect and manage massive amounts of data. Data comes from corporate systems, Internet of Things objects and unstructured sources like online forums. New analytics tools like Hadoop help companies make sense of that data. Yet simply having data and analysis tools doesn't mean the results of an analysis are meaningful. Getting true insight from data depends on the data being correct. With the many sources that feed into data lakes and the many transformations big data goes through to be processed, there are many possible ways for errors to be [...]

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    How Security Analytics Will Define the Success of the Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things is expected to grow to 8.4 billion devices in 2017, with predictions of more than 20 billion devices by 2020. While this market is growing rapidly, it faces a major barrier on the way to its success. Connected devices are vulnerable, as seen in the DDoS attack on October 21st, 2016, which took down the DNS provider Dyn. Large websites such as Etsy, Twitter, PayPal, Verizon, Comcast and Reddit were among the many that were virtually unusable during this attack. The hackers turned to unsecured IoT devices to create an extensive botnet so they could push enough traffic to [...]

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    How Big Data Security Analytics Will Protect Your Company

    We live in an era of increased cyber threats. With dozens of companies and organisations being hacked on a daily basis and cyber-crime rising to new levels of hacking during the US elections, it is time for organisations to start protecting themselves. Big Data Security Analytics can help companies understand what is happening within their company and can help them take action when it is needed most. But what is Big Data Security Analytics and how can it help protect your company? Unfortunately, protecting your organisations from (would be) hackers is difficult. In fact, according to ESG[...]

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    The Year of Intelligence: 7 Big Data Trends for 2017

    It is the end of the year again and a lot has happened in 2016. Google’s AlphGo algorithm beat Lee Se-dol in the game of Go, Blockchain really took off and governments around the globe are investing heavily in smart cities. As every year, I will provide you with the big data trends for the upcoming year, just as I did for 2014, 2015 and 2016. 2017 promises to be a big year for Big Data. The Big Data hype is finally over and, therefore, we can finally get started with Big Data. That is why I would like to call 2017 the Year of Intelligence. So, which big data trends will affect your [...]

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    What is the Blockchain – part 3 – Blockchain Startups and Five Challenges to Overcome

    In this series of posts, I am providing insights into a technology that will change our world. Blockchain has been said to be an as important invention as the Internet and Johann Palychata, a research analyst from BNP Baripas, called Blockchain an invention like the steam or combustion engine. In part 1 of this series I gave an introduction to Blockchain and in part 2 I provided insights into different types of Blockchain and consensus algorithms. This third part will discuss some of the major challenges we will need to overcome to make Blockchain truly change our world for the better. But [...]

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    What is the Blockchain and Why is it So Important?

    The blockchain is growing in importance. Increasingly organisations have to explore what this revolutionary technology will mean for their business. Marc Andreessen from the well-known VC firm Andreessen Horowitz calls it as big an invention as the internet. Last year, in my Big Data Trends prediction for 2016, I already foresaw that 2016 would become the year of the Blockchain and now also Gartner has included in their Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Many organisations are already exploring the possibilities of the Blockchain, although primarily still in the Financial Services [...]

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    12 Qualities Your Next Chief Data Officer Should Have

    The Chief Data Officer is on the rise! In a 2015 Forrester research of 3005 data analytics decision-makers, 45% said that their company had appointed a Chief Data Officer (CDO). In addition, a survey of 254 CIO’s worldwide revealed that 90% of the current CIO’s believe that data is changing their business and 92% believe that a CDO could best manage this. Another survey revealed that 76% of CIO’s would like to see the CDO as a board level position by 2020. It may be clear, the Chief Data Officer is here to stay and it is/will be an important role for organizations. It is also a [...]

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