ISMT E-146 Data Security, Ethics, and Governance
As the use of data on everyday citizens grows, the need for ethical and secure handling of that data is becoming imperative for organizations. In this class, students learn how to lead organizations in keeping data secure, private, and ethically deployed. We cover both technical aspects of data security and policy-level issues around data privacy from a company's perspective. During the course students learn the current regulatory patchwork affecting different types of personal data, including general data protection regulation (GDPR), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and finanical regulations; methods of data anonymization that protect privacy while keeping data usable; ethics of using data to target individuals for advertising; artificial intelligence and machine learning ethics as pertaining to datasets; and data security issues in the public and private sectors. Students come away with an understanding of how to lead policy within organizations that use individual data, ensuring that it is secure, compliant, and ethically responsible.