Federal News Network: Census Bureau runs drills with DHS to ‘stay ahead of cyber threats’

“The Census Bureau is doubling down on its partnership with the Department of Homeland to ensure it’s prepared for a wide range of cyber threats facing the 2020 population count.”

“The Census Bureau also plans on taking a “fundamentally different approach” to prevent the improper disclosure of personal information in the 2020 population count.”

“Simson Garfinkle, a senior computer scientist for confidentiality and data access at the Census, said advances in computing power in the last decade have it easier to unscramble the aggregated data the agency releases to the public.

“When the agency launched its Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS) project in 2017, there wasn’t a commercial off-the-shelf system designed to handle a national population count.”

“We’ve been creating a modern disclosure avoidance system that drops into the census data processing pipeline. Ours will be the first such implementation in the world,” Garfinkle said.’

“In addition, the Census has reopened its notice for comment on how the public uses agency data.” Read the full article here.

Source: Census Bureau runs drills with DHS to ‘stay ahead of cyber threats’ – By Jory Heckman, October 19, 2018. Federal News Network.

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