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Worldwide Data Privacy Day – Jan 28, 2017

Data Privacy Day is an international effort held annually on January 28. Its purpose is to empower individuals and businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, by 2020, more than 30.7 billion digital devices will be connected to the internet. With this continued growth of digital devices, and the constant sharing of personal information across the internet, the need for cyber security professionals who can combat threats against privacy continues to grow in demand.

Worldwide Data Privacy Day organizers say to consider your personal information like money. You must value it and protect it.

Here are three tips to manage your privacy according to staysafeonline.org.

  1. Online Presence – Be sure to manage your privacy and security settings for information sharing.
  2. Secure Login –Use more than just usernames and passwords to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Turn on strongest authentication tools available such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device.
  3. Clean Machine – Update your security software, web browser and operating system to have the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.

The infographic below titled, “Privacy is Good for Business,” highlights data privacy and the importance of protecting secure information for businesses.


At George Mason, we prepare business executives for the changes in cyber security and the cyber threats that exist today. George Mason’s MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is a cyber security degree providing a path to enhance professionals in the cyber security field and put them at the forefront of addressing cyber security challenges.

Mason’s cyber security degree provides students with the leadership and management expertise needed while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks.  This cross-disciplinary program draws on the expertise of faculty members within the School of Business, Schar School of Policy and Government, and Volgenau School of Engineering.


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Source: National Cyber Security Alliance

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