A big data project is the best way to recover the lost data, according to the head of the Canadian Association of Chief Data Officers.
In an interview with CBC News, CAAO executive director Richard Cogdell said the Canadian public and industry needs to put more emphasis on big-data projects and more time and resources into the recovery process.
“The question is, what’s the right thing to do?
The right thing is to recover all that data, and the right way to do that is to have the most robust recovery that we can,” said Cogdaell.
“You’ve got to have a very robust recovery.
We’ve seen in the past that the government has done a very good job of that.
It’s time to move to something that is more robust and effective.”
In a survey of 2,000 companies, Cogddell said just 2.7 per cent of the respondents reported having big data projects underway at the end of 2017.
That number drops to 0.8 per cent for big data recovered projects.
The majority of respondents reported that they are working to recover data, either in an ongoing capacity or on a small-scale.
Cogdanell said that’s a huge shift.
“If you look at the data we’ve collected, the largest data recovery is happening in the data center, so it’s really important that the data centers and data scientists that are involved in these big data issues really focus on getting it all back to the right place,” he said.
“And that means being as transparent as possible and using the best technology.”
Cogdells biggest concern is that big data can also lead to problems that are hard to recover from, such as data theft.
“When you have data stolen, the chances of getting it back are so high, that when you are trying to recover that data you are losing it for months or years, it can be very difficult to get the data back,” he explained.
The CAAOs survey, which covered more than 1,000 people, found that more than 90 per cent said the most pressing issue facing them is the cost of data recovery.
Cogdanells survey also found that the majority of companies want to help Canadians recover data.
More than two-thirds of respondents said they want to know more about how data recovery can be done and who can participate in the process.
“We are talking to people about this.
We are really hearing from companies.
We’re hearing from people, and we’re hearing stories,” Cogdal said.
The survey also asked respondents to share their best practices to help companies recover data safely.
“Our most pressing concern is going to be in the event of data theft,” said Dr. Stephen Cogdon, CEO of the Centre for Data Security and Data Privacy at McGill University.
“It is a very, very big problem.”
The study also found more than three-quarters of respondents want to have more input into big data-related projects, such an online registry or registry for public data.
“What we see in this survey is a clear trend, it’s a trend that’s really happening across the world, and it’s not just here in Canada,” said Darlene Lain, the executive director of the Institute of Corporate Directors at the University of Waterloo.