When we read about Big Data, it’s as if writers act like it is the “method of the future,” as if companies are not already implementing and benefiting from the Big Data revolution. The reality is, Big Data has already been here for some time, and the reasons why other industries are beginning to take notice is because it has been so successful for others.
While it’s true that nothing is absolutely foolproof, and certainly impregnable – after all, people really did escape from Alcatraz – there are many steps you can take to maximize security and minimize potential risks. One way is to follow the series of steps you have seen recently at tech sites like CNET and consumer sites such as Mashable.
I awoke this morning in London to have a leisurely scan of the newspapers before breakfast with Michael Stewart, president & CEO of Edelman Europe & CIS. Little did I know that my blood would be boiling within the first three minutes. As a teaser on page one of Tuesday’s Financial Times (I was a day late in reading… my bad), then onto page 12 in the front section was an article by Emma Jacobs titled, “Free publicity with no PRs.
I sat for an hour this week with David Miliband, former foreign secretary in the British Labour Government and now the president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Founded in 1933 by Albert Einstein when he fled Nazi tyranny in his homeland to live in the U.S., the IRC has assisted thousands of emigrants seeking a better life, among them Andy Grove of Intel, providing immediate assistance on site, and then helping them to sanctuary. The IRC is one of the world’s most prominent refugee-relief charities with a $450 million budget this year and operations in 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities.
It is early December, 1944. A young GI has pulled another all-nighter listening to Nazi propaganda with a fellow soldier who recently emigrated to the U.S. from Germany, fleeing persecution. He has finished his report to his superiors just as the dawn arrives, including his recommendation for copy for leaflets to be dropped that day over enemy lines.