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How to Implement Encryption to Protect your Research Data

How to Implement Encryption to Protect your Research Data Online

The modern online environment is dangerous - data breaches and cyber attacks are increasingly prevalent, making safeguarding sensitive research data more important than ever. Join Isaac Pratt (Research Data Management Specialist) for this workshop diving into the world of encryption.

No technical expertise required – we’ll demystify encryption and show you how it can be used to secure your data against unauthorized access, ensuring its confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity.

During this interactive session, you will:

• Gain a clear understanding of the language of encryption: Learn what encryption is, how it works, and why it's crucial for protecting your research data.

• Empower yourself with practical knowledge: Explore a range of digital tools and discover how to easily encrypt files, drives, and folders.

• Unlock the power of Veracrypt: watch a demo of Veracrypt, a free open-source encryption tool that you can start using right away.

Details: This workshop is virtual and will be recorded. The recording will be posted to the Sherman Centre's Online Learning Catalogue.

Facilitator Bio: Isaac Pratt (he/him) is a research scientist by training and has a PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology. He leverages nearly a decade of interdisciplinary research experience to help support students, staff, and faculty. His expertise lies in questions surrounding data storage, security, planning, archival, and sharing. Isaac also provides support and curation services for McMaster Dataverse. His other interests include reproducible research methods, open science, and data science. Email Isaac at pratti@mcmaster.ca. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
10:30am - 12:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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The Sherman Centre and the McMaster University Library are committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for its presenters and participants. As a participant in this session, you agree to support and help cultivate an experience that is collaborative, respectful, and inclusive, as well as free of harassment, discrimination, and oppression. We reserve the right to remove participants who exhibit harassing, malicious or persistently disruptive behaviour. Please refer to our code of conduct webpage for more information.

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Isaac Pratt

Isaac Pratt is a Research Data Management Specialist. Isaac holds a PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology, and has research experience is in biomedical science and social science, specifically in Physics, Biological Anthropology, and Anatomy. He is available to help with any RDM related questions including data management planning, data storage & backup, data security, and data deposit and sharing. Isaac is a member of MREB and can help with questions about data management for ethics and sensitive data.

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