#OpenDataDay: Cybersecurity Experts Share How Data Should Be Used

Open Data Day is March 6. According to the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. Groups from around the world create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society."


We asked cybersecurity experts how they would like to see data used across the industry.


Nathanael Coffing, cofounder and CSO, Cloudentity


“It’s important to build awareness around Open Data Day to showcase the benefits of Open Data and encourage the adoption of Open Data policies in government, business and society. Open Data is the concept that certain data should be freely available to businesses and consumers to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. Today, the ability to share data through Open APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) has created opportunities for startups to create innovative solutions for in Finance, Energy, Healthcare, Government and other industries. This extends technology companies’ ability to create new and innovative apps and services, redefining customer, partner and developer interaction.


To keep data-sharing secure and meet privacy and compliance standards, Open Data APIs must use fine-grained authorization coupled with consent for every individual piece of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The user’s account, individual transactions, last name and any other personal identifiers must be consented to before the information is shared with another organization. In addition, enterprises that leverage Open APIs must be able to keep track of the intent of data usage, the duration of usage, who the data is being shared with and for how long. Fine-grained Authorization coupled with Consent management becomes a competitive differentiator for Open Data apps and creates new opportunities for allowing customers to protect and share their data.”

James Carder, CSO, LogRhythm

"The freedom to access and leverage public information is a categorical right for all citizens that needs to be embraced and firmly upheld. Open Data Day is a day to recognize and celebrate how open datasets have increased government transparency, reshaped social initiatives and galvanized individuals to actively partake in broader community issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the importance of keeping public data resources front and center, and recent cyberattacks on the U.S. federal government have further suggested that increasing disclosed intelligence may also help deter future hackers."

Public data that is easily accessible and available to the masses is a vital resource for internet users across the globe. It’s an invaluable way to educate the masses with factual information on local governments, agencies and scientific councils while also holding these federal entities responsible for being publicly accountable. Over time, this has helped propel economic development, fight global crises and strengthen democracy. Shepherding and expanding open datasets will be necessary to yield a more socially active and sophisticated global community.”

Ashish Gupta, CEO & President, Bugcrowd

“Since its inception and rise to prominence as a fundamental aspect of daily life, the internet has been a means for expanding communications and spreading knowledge across the globe. Today, almost sixty percent of the worldwide population are active internet users working, learning, researching and communicating online. Open data day serves as an important reminder of how this platform allows the public to tap into millions of data sets across scientific, government and non-profit organizations.

By making data readily available to the public, online participation increases along with education. Further, open data keeps online institutions honest, transparent and accountable for having accurate information disseminated across the web. State and local leaders who release data on important issues such as the ongoing pandemic, climate, transportation, disaster response and other critical current events inspire online consumers to take a more active role in communities. It’s essential to keep this valuable information available and easily accessible for everyone.”

Anurag Kahol, CTO, Bitglass

“Open Data Day is an important occasion to celebrate and encourage online transparency, accuracy, and honesty. Open data is inherently critical to ensuring that governments, nonprofits, and public scientific entities are rightfully presenting accurate information to help educate the public. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, it’s never been more important to properly inform people about ongoing health and safety information. Open datasets are playing an essential role in apprising local communities about current protocols, vaccination efforts, and proper safety precautions.

The increase in open data access over the past decade has empowered citizens to collaborate and take action, enabling local communities to develop innovative new services that have bolstered initiatives in health, climate, transportation, education, and social welfare. It has also dramatically increased online and public participation for marginalized groups in less developed regions. Continuing to support and advance open datasets will hold governments to a higher standard and embolden citizens to strengthen the foundations of their communities and, as a result, society as a whole.”