Security in technology and data is rapidly becoming a top priority, and rightly so. The massive hack of background check records at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently compromised the data of 21.5 million people. This interesting information came from USA Today in their article, “OPM says second hack affected more than 21M Americans.

As you can imagine, there is outrage and calling for heads to roll. “After today’s announcement, I have no confidence that the current leadership at OPM is able to take on the enormous task of repairing our national security,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Too much trust has been lost, and too much damage has been done. President Obama must take a strong stand against incompetence in his administration and instill new leadership at OPM.”

Data security is a concern for everyone. So is access to data. Finding the sweet spot between the two can be difficult. It can be achieved by creating strong taxonomies. Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.