#49 – How To Detect Data Tampering


EFFECTED USERS: Everyone who stores data, especially if you run a SMB

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SUMMARY: Data tampering is increasing, primarily though ransomware.


In a recent article in Forbes entitled, How Data-Centric Security Can Protect Data Lakes And Safeguard Innovation

Over the last 40 years, as the internet grew from a Department of Defense project to the behemoth it is today, the role of the application also changed. Instead of drawing from a single database as did the process-automation apps of yore, many of today’s apps aggregate data from multiple databases. Because databases remain siloed, aggregation requires building a data lake inside of a data warehouse. APIs with custom-coded security suck data out of the back end and into the lake. And that is where everything risks exposure. 

I believe that we should not attempt to build another layer of protection around the lake — an API-driven process that often comes at a large cost — but in securing the data itself.

There are several components to data defending itself. Programming the data layer with fine-grained security logic shrinks potential attack surfaces. Such logic also bakes in authorizations so that users can access data in a fluid way, rather than controlling authorizations with middleware. Time-stamping data and making it traceable enables tracking and instant retrieval of data. This bypasses the need for manual replication, which in turn closes additional attack surfaces.


Here with me to speak about this today is the author of the article, Brian Platz.

Brian  is the Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of Fluree, and was previously co-founder of SilkRoad technology.

What is a data lake?


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David W. Schropfer

David W. Schropfer is the CEO of SAFE (Smartphone Authentication For Everyone), a cybersecurity company in New York (www.theSafe.io).  Every day, he and his team of professionals keep the people who use The SAFE Button protected from some of the most common traps, hacks and attacks that target computer systems of all sizes. David is the author of the bestselling cybersecurity book, Digital Habits: 5 Simple Tips to Help Keep You and Your Information Safe Online. His previous books, including The Smartphone Wallet and industry whitepapers, predicted some of the biggest trends in the payments, mobile, and security industries.  Since graduating Boston College, David earned an Executive MBA from the University of Miami.

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