Hidden Threat: Issues with Confidentiality and Protection of Digital Data

Author(s): Rachel Fernandez; Leigh Anne Ellison

Year: 2018


With every trowel stroke, archaeologists expose layers of the past, allowing for the preservation of material while using destructive methods. Fortunately, with the formulation of research and documentation methods over the years, our destructive behavior has been offset with the increase of data and research possibilities. In more recent years, this data has taken on a digital format which has accumulated exponentially. As the amount of data produced from archaeological investigations increase every year, likewise has the threat of data loss and confidentiality issues. We have seen this in the last few years with cases of ransomware and the release of personal celebrity information. Although the archaeological record may not seem to match up to celebrity and corporate prestige, issues with sensitive cultural materials being exposed is of great concern. Without the proper standards in place to secure and safeguard data it will lead to a host of issues in the present and for future researchers. Using the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) as a case study, in this poster we hope to illustrate proper management and protection tools vital to ensuring archaeological data is safeguarded against security breaches and protected for the long-term preservation of data.

Cite this Record

Hidden Threat: Issues with Confidentiality and Protection of Digital Data. Rachel Fernandez, Leigh Anne Ellison. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443335) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8445QDM


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Contact(s): Rachel Fernandez

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Abstract Id(s): 22394

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