Nabeel Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, Mahmood

Nabeel Mahmood is a Technologist, Futurist, Influencer, and a Keynote Speaker. Nabeel has 25-plus years of experience leading large-scale global technology organizations through seasons of explosive growth via M&A, global expansion, implementing new business models, and technology innovation. His areas of expertise include Big Data, Cloud, ERP, IoT, AI, ML, RPA, Mobility, and Data Centers. Nabeel is a strategic CXO identifying opportunities that are being underpinned by emerging technologies and is an advisor to CIOs, CTOs and CEOs across a number of industries. He serves on multiple boards of private and publicly traded companies.


In the 19th century, they came searching for one thing – gold. Unfortunately, the idea of striking it rich and the reality of life as a prospector were often two different things. During the 19th century, the discovery of gold in far-flung corners of the world could put a place on the map. Overnight, anonymous stretches of America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand became powerful vortexes, sucking in thousands of fortune hunters from around the globe in a frenzy of fossicking.

The 21st century isn’t any different; we are in the midst of a data rush. And while there is no one thing that everyone is searching for, the idea of finding something valuable – be it information, connections, or insights – is driving many people to scour data sets for anything that could give them an edge.

Like the 19th-century gold rush, the 21st-century data rush is driven by the potential for personal gain. But whereas gold was a finite resource that had to be mined from the ground, data is an ever-expanding commodity constantly being generated by our use of technology. And while some people are striking it rich with their findings, others struggle to make sense of it.

The amount of data being created every day is staggering and will only increase.

According to a recent study, the world generates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, which will only increase in the future. Data is only getting bigger with the rise of Ethereum, Bitcoin, Quantum, and other technologies. That trend will only continue as 5G, cloud, AI, ML, robotics, and IoT become more prevalent. The amount of data being created every day is staggering – and it will only increase in the years to come. So, what does that mean for our future? Only time will tell – but one thing is sure: the world is becoming increasingly data-driven. And that’s not likely to change anytime soon.

Most of this data is unstructured, making it difficult to use and analyze.

Everything from social media interactions to online shopping habits is being tracked and stored. However, the vast majority of this data is unstructured, which makes it challenging to use and analyze. This is because unstructured data doesn’t neatly fit into traditional databases. Instead, it exists in various formats, such as text, images, and audio files. As a result, it can be time-consuming and expensive to turn this unstructured data into insights that businesses can use to make better decisions. Fortunately, there are many new tools and technologies that are making it easier to work with unstructured data. In particular, machine learning provides powerful new ways to extract meaning from large data sets. As these tools become more sophisticated, we will increasingly unlock the value hidden within the vast amounts of unstructured data we generate daily, and so will the bad guys. 

As we become increasingly reliant on data, we must be careful not to lose sight of the importance of privacy and security.

Every day, we generate billions of bytes of information through our online interactions, GPS-enabled devices, and wearable technology. This data deluge has revolutionized how we live and work, giving unprecedented insights into our behaviour and providing new opportunities for efficiency and innovation. However, as we become increasingly reliant on data, we must be careful not to lose sight of the importance of privacy and security. After all, this data is often personal and sensitive and can be used to exploit vulnerabilities or for other nefarious purposes. That’s why we must take measures to protect our data from unauthorized access or misuse. Through encryption, access controls, and other security measures, we can help ensure that our data remains private and secure for now.

The 21st-century data rush is putting a strain on our ability to process and understand information. It is also raising questions about who owns this data, how it is being used and what impact it has on our society. In the 19th century, the gold rush led to new technologies and working methods. The data rush is doing the same – but at a much faster pace. And while there is potential for great rewards, there is also the risk of getting lost in the noise.

Our biggest concern is the potential for data breaches. When sensitive information is stolen or leaked, it can have severe consequences for individuals and businesses. Data breaches can lead to identity theft, fraud, and other crimes. They can also damage relationships and reputations. That’s why protecting our data from unauthorized access, or misuse is essential. Through encryption, access controls, and other security measures, we can help ensure that our data remains private and secure.

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the cybersecurity landscape is constantly changing. However, some tips for staying ahead of hackers include staying up-to-date on the latest security threats, using strong passwords and two-factor authentication, and being careful about what information you share online. Additionally, businesses should consider investing in more sophisticated data analytics tools and techniques to help them better protect their data. Ultimately, the best defence against hackers is a combination of people, technology, and processes. By working together, we can help make the world a safer place for everyone.

The most important thing to remember regarding data security is that you are responsible for your own data. Therefore, it would be best to be careful about how you use and protect your data. 

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