Stories by Bill Brenner

Big goals for Big Data

A year ago--perhaps a bit more--big data was just starting to take its place among the industry's most-used buzz terms. Today everyone talks about it as a potentially powerful piece of enterprise security. But there are still plenty of practitioners struggling to get the concept, much as they struggled to figure out cloud security a few years ago.

Bill Brenner | 28 Jan | Read more

Slideshow: 15 worst data breaches

Data security breaches happen daily in too many places at once to keep count. But what constitutes a huge breach versus a small one? For some perspective, we take a look at 15 of the biggest incidents in recent memory.

Bill Brenner | 17 Feb | Read more

SecTor 2010: Why security is the enemy of privacy

As we noted in last year's CSO article, "Six ways we gave up our privacy," people are increasingly -- and willingly -- throwing their privacy to the wind, thanks to an addiction to Google apps, GPS devices, the BlackBerry, iPhone and Android, and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Some security experts believe privacy is dead already.

Bill Brenner | 27 Oct | Read more

Sticks and stones: Picking on users AND security pros

I took my share of name-calling as a kid. I did my share of name-calling, too. We're taught that nothing good comes of such behavior. I've been thinking a lot about that since writing an article two weeks ago called "Security blunders 'dumber than dog snot'" during the 2010 USENIX Security Symposium.

Bill Brenner | 26 Aug | Read more