Metadata is the breadcrumbs we leave behind on photos, files, documents, etc. that tells us about the content, where it was created, and where we can find it again.

Speaking at The Open Group conference in Sydney recently, Boeing information security chief strategist Stephen Whitlock told delegates that if more digital data was labeled, it would be easier to secure.  “What we are talking about is a shift from discretionary access control system to mandatory access control. If you apply metadata to the data and have a set of policies, the system decides the access,” he said.

This is true. And it involves standards, rules, and protocols to make it successful. Computer World brought this news to our attention in their article, “Boeing backs metadata for information security.”

Melody K. Smith

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