Data helps organizations make more informed decisions about how they serve their customers. Data informs policy and procedures and feeds more personalized interaction with people. But with great power comes vast responsibility. The data that organizations hold can be incredibly personal. It's more than just someone's social security number. It is information about where people live, work, shop, keep their money, get their news, and more. Individuals should have control over who knows this information and, if they do have it, how they use it. However, most of us do little to understand our privacy rights beyond blindly clicking a checkbox that allows sites to collect information about our activities.
Data privacy practices ensure that the data shared by customers is only used for its intended purpose. A multitude of laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have been enacted to provide guidelines to organizations and promises of data privacy to individuals.
Advances in technology and our increased reliance on technology to deliver services to citizens have created a new battleground for both perpetrators and victims - one that is fought virtually. Government agencies are no exception. In its ongoing military conflict with the U.S., the real threat of cyber warfare capabilities from Syria, Iran and China poses imminent threats.
The new arena of cyber-attacks offers assailants the opportunity to gather critical information by infiltrating networks and data, then using that information to attack their victim with highly sophisticated tactics and tools such as malware, malicious files and spear phishing.
Seven Tracks Focus on Strategies and Tactics for Addressing Emergency Situations, Disasters and Cyber Attacks
With an increase need to prevent and respond to incidents impacting our nation on a local, state and federal scale, government agencies, law enforcement and first responders have realized that they all have a stake in protecting their communities and the homeland from natural disasters and manmade threats. Scheduled for May 13-15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., GovSec - the Government Security Conference and Expo, taking place in conjunction with TREXPO and CPM East - is presenting seven paid conference tracks that will help enable these security professionals to engage effectively in a national approach to prevention, mitigation and response to 21st century threats.