The current COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the United States in many ways. Understanding how to respond to and control the virus includes studying the data of persons who were infected with the virus. Sharing this type of data for research and public health purposes almost immediately raises security and privacy issues because medical information is among the most sensitive types of personal information.
Everyday devices that connect to the Internet to provide us with functionality and convenience, continue to proliferate. CISCO predicts that, in 2021, there will be 27.1 billion networked devices in use across the globe, up from 17.1 billion devices just 4 years ago1. That’s about 3.5 networked devices for every man, woman, and child on earth. As processors grow smaller and less expensive, and networking technologies become more available, this number can only be expected to rise.