Data Administration (2020)

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The intent of the Data Administration Knowledge Unit is to provide students with methods to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data throughout the data life cycle.


After completing the KU, students will be able to:

  1. Draw and describe a data and information lifecycle, identifying specific and general security issues at all stages.
  2. Define and evaluate data and information quality, accessibility, and utility.
  3. Examine how the origination, change, distribution, storage, and deletion of information is managed and secured.
  4. Compare and contrast data and information ownership, stewardship, management, possession, and governance.
  5. Outline the role of data and information classification in security.


  1. Data/Information lifecycle
    1. Capture/Acquisition
    2. Maintenance
    3. Synthesis/transformation/aggregation
    4. Usage
    5. Publication/Distribution
    6. Archival
    7. Disposition/Purging
  2. Data/Information Quality
    1. Accuracy, Completeness, relevance, consistency, integrity
    2. Data cleansing
    3. Verification/Validation
  3. Data/Information accessibility
  4. Data/Information utility
  5. Data storage and archiving
    1. Data Warehousing
    2. Long Term Archival
    3. Big Data
      1. Hadoop / Mongo DB / HBASE
  6. Data/Information control
    1. Ownership - Who information belongs to.
    2. Stewardship - Responsibility for assembling and protecting data.
    3. Management - Providing the right data in the right place at the right time.
    4. Possession - Data residing in a system.
    5. Governance - How data should be managed and used.
  7. Data Policies
    1. Internal
    2. External
  8. Data/Information Security (access control, encryption)
  9. Data/Information classification systems.
    1. Level of classification
    2. Classification criteria
    3. Need to know.
    4. Classification/Declassification processes
    5. Classification authorities


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