Data Privacy Day is January 28 2021

The National Cybersecurity Alliance ( is supporting International Data Privacy Day.  You and your organization can participate as a Champion by registering on their website.

Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared in our digital society.  Data Privacy Day is an international effort held annually every January 28 to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action.

Advice for Individuals: Own Your Privacy

Individuals feel an increasing lack of control over their personal data. However, there are steps that can be taken to learn about the types of data generated online, and how it’s collected, shared and used. NCSA encourages individuals to OWN YOUR PRIVACY by taking action and – as a first step – check your privacy settings.  You can find detailed step-by-step procedures to review ALL of your online accounts’ security and privacy settings in my article from last year.

Advice for Businesses: Respect Privacy

Respecting privacy is a smart strategy for inspiring trust and enhancing reputation and growth in your business. According to a Pew Research Center study, 79% of U.S. adults report being concerned about the way their data is being used by companies. NCSA encourages businesses of all sizes to RESPECT PRIVACY and safeguard their customers’ data.  The best way to protect customer information such as payment card information (PCI), personally identifying information (PII), and protected health information (PHI) is by using encryption.  The next best way is to make sure the servers containing this information require stronger and longer administrative passwords backed up by two-factor authentication.

Become a Champion for Data Privacy and Make a Difference

Become a Data Privacy Day 2021 Champion: The Champion program is a free and simple way to officially show your support for data privacy. Champions represent those dedicated to empowering individuals and encouraging businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at
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