SSCC 84.66 - RSA conclusion, award winners, HB Gary and big data

Filed Under: Featured, Podcast, Privacy, Social networks

San Francisco Ferry TerminalChet Chat 84-and-two-thirds was recorded live on the docks at the San Francisco Ferry Terminal with Duck and Chet basking in the afternoon sunshine as RSA attendees began their journeys home.

We had a wonderful time at RSA and concluded our second mini Chet Chat with our impressions from the conference.

We briefly thanked our supporters who voted us the Best Corporate Security Blog at the RSA Social Security Blogger Awards and talked about HB Gary's triumphant return to the RSA show floor.

Paul mentioned the predominant topic at the conference, big data.

Companies are collecting more and more information about their visitors and customers every day, and are beginning to capitalize on their accumulated treasures.

"The best example is the recent announcement by Twitter that it is starting to share the last two years worth of tweets with a partner data mining company for marketing purposes.

If you don't want it out there, don't post it.

Paul observed the tendency for organizations to collect extraneous information "just in case it may be useful in the future".

This is a dangerous trend.

Personally identifiable information is an attractant for cybercrooks, who may well make far better use of the data than the organizations collecting it.

(2 March 2012, duration 4:35 minutes, size 3.3 MBytes)

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Chester Wisniewski is a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada. He provides advice and insight into the latest threats for security and IT professionals with the goal of providing clear guidance on complex topics. You can follow Chester on Twitter as @chetwisniewski, on App.net as Chester, Chester Wisniewski on Google Plus or send him an email at chesterw@sophos.com.