Like Doctor Dolittle's famed pushmi-pullyu, enterprise data projects have a serious agility problem. A recent story comes to mind. I was on a call with prospective customer to request data feeds for an analytics project.  We had performed a successful trial project, the business case was approved by management and everyone was happy. At last, we were ready to go into production. We simply needed data feeds for two well-known, standard tables from a commonly used enterprise system. We'd already worked with an extract and had everything set with the integration and analysis...

It seems that implementing stronger security standards is not without risk.  As the New York Times recently noted, Apple’s move to add full disk encryption to iOS 8 and remove any built-in backdoors has not won kudos from the N.S.A. and F.B.I.: The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt their investigative abilities. This development has already generated some interesting commentary in legal circles.  Cyberlaw professor Orin Kerr calls it, “Apple’s...