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(ISC)2 Security Congress 2022

2101744 - Self-Protecting Data: An Artificial Intelligence Use Case

Oct 10, 2022 11:05am ‐ Oct 10, 2022 12:00pm


Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, once said, “Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.” Sir Berners-Lee’s words identify two characteristics of data that are the heart and soul of this presentation’s subject and provide motivation to pursue it – data’s incredible value and longevity. The imperative for self-protecting data (SPD) continues to increase with the prevalence of cyberattacks, which threaten the security of valuable data. Current methods of data protection have too many dependencies on the systems and networks involved in each data object’s lifecycle. The basic idea of SPD is to wrap data objects with intelligent monitoring and response capabilities, in addition to encryption, throughout the lifecycle, as independent of infrastructure as possible.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the concept of self-protecting data.
  • Comprehend the practical value of pursuing self-protecting data, including problems it is intended to solve and applicable scenarios for its implementation.
  • Understand research on self-protecting data, including how artificial intelligence techniques can be leveraged, and recommendations for further research and development.


  • Mr. Joseph DiGiovanni, CISSP, Operations Research Analyst, Data Analytics, Research & Innovation, Headquarters Cyberspace Capabilities Center (USAF)

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