Privacy & Security


Privacy and security are critical for realizing Big Data’s promise to advance society. If data are used without regard to privacy of individuals or protection of the data, then individuals may be hurt. If the data’s authenticity is not guaranteed, or if data are not permitted to be used at all due to privacy and security concerns, then the data’s value is not realized. As the information that is collected about us grows in quantity, value, and sensitivity, addressing these challenges is crucial to accessing the benefits of big data while ensuring that privacy and associated basic rights such as free speech and association are respected. The NEBD Hub’s activities in the Privacy & Security Spoke will advance the research agenda on privacy and security for big data, build a community of interested researchers and practitioners, and advance regional activities in security and privacy. A particular focus is the safe collection and sharing of cybersecurity data—data that are critical to understanding and countering attacks on digital infrastructure.


2016 NSF BD Spoke Award: Cross-organization Big Data Cyber Attack Awareness (PI John Yen)

2016 NSF BD Spoke Award: Planning for Privacy and Security in Big Data (PIs Adam Smith and Rebecca Wright)

Workshop on Cross-Organization Big Data Cyber Attack Awareness convened in Washington, D.C., November 11, 2016

Workshop on Privacy and Security for Big Data, Rutgers University, April 24-25, 2017


Rebecca Wright
Barnard College
Adam Smith
Penn State