Data Confidentiality: Identifying and Protecting Assets and Data Against Data Breaches

Current Status

This project is now seeking technology vendors to participate in the development of an example solution. Please review the Federal Register Notice for more information about how to collaborate.  

Download the Data Confidentiality: Identifying and Protecting Assets and Data Against Data Breaches Project Description for more information on the project.

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The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is proposing a project to provide guidance and a reference architecture that will assist an organization in identifying and protecting information from threats to data confidentiality.

An organization’s data is one of its most valuable assets and must be protected from unauthorized access and disclosure. Large and small data breaches can impact the ability of an organization to survive as operational and financial data, along with employee or customer personally identifiable information, can become comprised. This can undermine the organization’s work and success and lead to severe reputational damage.

The goal of this project is to provide a practical solution to identify and protect the confidentiality of an enterprise’s data. This project will also provide guidance on data confidentiality that parallels the Detect, Respond to, and Recover from Data Breaches Project. The NCCoE chose to address data confidentiality in two parallel projects to provide modular, adaptable guidance rather than an all-or-nothing approach.

This project will result in a publicly available National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Practice Guide, a detailed implementation guide of the practical steps needed to implement a cybersecurity reference design that addresses this challenge. Please read the fact sheet for this project.