FDA Hacked | When Is a Database Nothing More than a Digital Filing Cabinet? (Part 1)

The title of this post is a well worn meme for CLOUD, but the recent hacking of the FDA’s systems forces yet another revisiting of the topic. Rather than asking lawmakers for the FDA to launch a third-party audit of its recent breach, “FDA Hacked, Drugmakers Want Proof that Proprietary Data is Safe,” PhRMA and BIO should ask that the architecture of data on the Internet itself be revisited. The current notions of a database are antiquated, and until we rethink the problem, we will have breaches like this one, the 40 million credit cards of consumers at Target and many, many others.
The simple problem is this. Current security models for databases are akin to building moats around castles, with the digital analogs of wider moats and more alligators used to increase security.  I am certain there are many definitions for a database, but I went  to trusty Wikipedia for this one. “A database is an organized collection of data.

Nowhere in this brief definition does it mention that the database has to be managed by a DBMS. Continue Reading →

A View from the CLOUD (Health 2.0 SF 2009): Conversations and Thoughts from Day One

San Francisco… 55 degrees… a vibrant morning for Health 2.0, and I’ve already had some interesting conversations about CLOUD before the program even starts.

On the way over from the hotel on the bus to the San Francisco Concourse and home of Health 2.0, I engaged in an interesting conversation with someone that has worked in health systems as a major contractor, Continue Reading →