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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month: How to protect and share data

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a dedicated month for the public and private sectors to work together to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. This year’s theme is “Secure Our World,” and four habits are encouraged to help strengthen basic protections for all of us.

  1. Use strong passwords
  2. turn on MFA (multi-factor authentication)
  3. recognize and report phishing attacks
  4. keep software updated

What does this have to do with data? Data should be as open as possible, but as restricted as necessary. There are numerous ways to transform data to protect sensitive information but it all depends on: 

  • the form and content of the data itself
  • the vulnerability of who or what you are protecting
  • who will have access to the data

Transformation Methods:

  • De-Identification: Removing or altering identifiers but retaining the ability to reconnect with and re-identify the data by using a code, algorithm, or pseudonym.
  • Anonymization: Removing or altering all possible identifiable information so that the data can never be re-identified.
  • Aggregation: Replacing specific identifying information with a more general summarized form.

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