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The CIO Institute and Ponemon Institute Present: Privacy Impact Assessment: Managing Privacy Risks in Business and Government.

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ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 13, 2004

While the unprecedented growth of electronic service delivery solutions has benefited organizations with faster availability of consumer information, these new technologies have increased privacy risks for organizations, especially those in the government sector.

Under the E-Government Act, the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) has issued new guidelines organizations must follow to ensure the privacy of information collected and retained. Given these new regulations and the important role Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) will play in adhering to them, The CIO Institute and Ponemon Institute have teamed up to create a one-day workshop for government information professionals titled Privacy Impact Assessment: Managing Privacy Risks in Business and Government.

The May 19 workshop will address PIA methodologies and the privacy requirements at the network, application, business process and policy levels.

"A PIA is not a one-time activity, but a repeatable process. Like security risk assessments, PIAs must be on-going and responsive to changes in systems and their environments," Bill Ferguson, executive director of the CIO Institute said. "During this workshop, participants will learn to distinguish between PIAs on existing systems and PIAs on systems under development, noting differences in their process requirements."

The Privacy Impact Assessment Workshop is open to any CIO, CPO, CSO or other senior executive responsible for privacy and data protection in his or her organization. Those who attend will not only take away valuable content but will benefit from networking with other privacy and security professionals.

"We're looking forward to bringing this workshop to the government audience," Dr. Larry Ponemon, founder of the Ponemon Institute said. "We will cover a variety of important privacy topics in the session including, the core PIA activity of privacy risk modeling, developing a process for determining the impact of the new technology on privacy practices and preparing for and achieving compliance with government regulations."

The workshop will be held at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave in Washington DC, and will be taught by top privacy experts including Dr. Ponemon, Shahriar Beigi, Solutions Director of Compliance Advisory Services for Unisys Corporation, and Dr. Stuart Shapiro, Lead Information Security Scientist for the MITRE Corporation.

"When the workshop is over, I'm confident participants will leave with the tools to help their organization understand the importance of privacy issues while gaining a clearer perspective of the economic impacts of privacy regulations," Dr. Ponemon added. "Most importantly, participants will leave better prepared for compliance with privacy regulations--especially the OMB guidelines --issued under the E-Government Act."

To learn more or to register for this workshop, visit the CIO Institute's web site at or call 412-268-4656.

About the CIO Institute

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is a leading source of research and continuing education for CIO's, CSO's, CPO's and senior executives from the public, private and non-profit sectors. The Institute provides concentrated professional education programs created by Carnegie Mellon's world class faculty and other top business leaders. The Institute offers certificate programs in a variety of subject areas and allows Federal CIO Certificate participants to earn credits toward select Carnegie Mellon master degrees. Enrollment information can be obtained at or by calling 412-268-4656.

About Ponemon Institute

The Ponemon Institute is a "think tank" dedicated to advancing responsible information management practices in business and government. To achieve this objective, Ponemon Institute conducts independent research to promote best practice, to educate leaders from the private and public sectors, and to verify the privacy and data protection practices of organization. The Institute is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. For more information, visit or contact us at (520) 290-3400, e-mail
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