Online Tech’s latest stop during its time in Indiana was the Indy Big Data conference, held on Sept. 1. The aim of the conference was to grow and learn within the big data field and prepare for the exponential amounts of data that are being created with the Internet of Things (IoT). The conference was called “The Tipping Point,” and according to the Big Data website, leaders wanted to focus on “creating a big data culture of success and exploring topics such as thinking and doing things differently than you or your organization have ever done before. Another important piece of the Conference will be taking a look at the new tools and technologies that have hit the market.”

Yan Ness, CEO

Yan Ness

Online Tech’s CEO, Yan Ness, was a speaker at the event, and talked about how a CEO evaluates a security spend and how a CIO can convince him to increase the budget for IT security. Yan stressed the importance of data protection and how It is not valued enough by most top executives. During his discussion, he pointed out that everyday items such as office furniture are routinely valued on a company’s balance sheet, yet arguably its most important asset, its data, is not. As a CEO, he asked, how much would you be willing to spend to regain customer trust and get your reputation back? Or keep it in the first place?

Other speakers at the conference included Google Cloud Platform, Eli Lilly, and Dow Agrosciences. Discussions included new tools being used in big data, data and the IoT in emergency services, and using threat intelligence to build cybersecurity solutions.

We had a great time at Indy Big Data! Our next stop is at SecureWorld Detroit, where we will be onsite. For more information, visit the SecureWorld Detroit conference page.

Bob Carter at Indy Big Data

Bob Carter at the Online Tech booth

Online Tech at Big Data conference

Online Tech at the Big Data conference