As we’ve been banging on about for some time, ensuring privacy and security are key to the ongoing acceptance and success of big data. But it’s been very hard for businesses to find a simple, comprehensive guide that outlines the steps an organization must work through to ensure its big data systems and initiatives effectively minimize the risk of any breaches. Fortunately, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)’s Big Data Security and Privacy Handbook, published at the end of August, could be just what’s needed.

In previous articles we have covered the concept of scripting, and looked at how Bash has a number of built in features that can enable it to be used as a scripting language to automate tasks on your system. In the last part, we covered the shebang and script file permissions, so let’s look at some basic scripts that build upon that.

Do you know what makes your server vulnerable? Find out exactly what to do here.

When video games first hit the arcade, developers built the game from the bottom up – structuring the kernel to fit the technology and specifications available at the time. They were constantly challenged to keep games within tight parameters as the technology battled to keep up with the demands of the software and the burgeoning gaming market.

As you are most likely aware, SSDs (or Solid State Disks) are capable of achieving much faster read and write speeds of data compared to traditional hard disks. What you are possibly not aware of is that over time SSDs can lose some of that speed when it comes to data writes as the disk fills up. If you are running SSDs in your server in the interests of speed, here’s how you can use TRIM to keep the SSD running at its best.

Start your week getting up to date with the latest news in the world of technology: EU Issues Hyperlink Copyright Ruling; Google Chrome to Adopt HTTP Warning; Sky Boasts of IPv6 Roll-Out Reach; Intel Acquires Machine Vision Specialist Movidius; SoftBank Completes ARM Holdings Acquisition

The public sector must stop paying lip service to digital transformation and start doing it properly. According to a recent report from Brunel University (Digital Government: overcoming the systemic failure of transformation), while there are undoubtedly pockets of digital excellence across the sector, many local councils and other public bodies are trying to pass off front-end changes – such as web-enabling transactions or introducing smartphone apps – as ‘transformational’. In fact, they typically ignore the real need for fundamental reform to underlying processes.

Science fiction and science fact come together in a quest to discover the infinite truth. But how do we separate perception from reality? Is reality defined through perception? We’ve all seen and loved the Matrix Trilogy, for  example, where human beings live in a highly complex computer simulation of a limited reality based on limited rules. Neo awakens to the truth: a life beyond the simulation where he is then trained to bend and alter the rules within the framework.