Businesses have been told that data is the ‘next big thing’ for a number of years now. And in recent weeks the world has witnessed the capability of massive systematic analysis of digital data following exposure of the methods used by the US and UK intelligence agencies.
Most organisations, including universities, know that data can help to develop more effective processes or identify new markets and products. Our report looking at efficiency and effectiveness in higher education emphasises this point. For good or bad, what the security services programmes have demonstrated is the step change in the potential of data as digital technologies become ever more integrated into our lives.