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NCCoE Virtual Workshop on the Cybersecurity of Genomic Data

Genomic data are central to basic science research, pharmaceutical drug and vaccine development, disease diagnosis and prediction, ancestry tracing, and forensic investigations. These applications require information fidelity and appropriate availability as bad actors may wish to misuse genomic data to invade privacy, gain an unfair competitive advantage, or inflict harm with devastating impacts on individuals, companies, and nations.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is seeking to identify genomic data cybersecurity and privacy concerns and develop guidance to address these challenges. To that end, the NCCoE is engaging with genomic, cybersecurity, and privacy subject matter experts in academia, industry, and government to gather their insights.

The NCCoE will host a virtual workshop on January 26, 2022, from 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM (EST) to explore cybersecurity and privacy risks for genomic data. The event will feature presentations by thought leaders and opportunities for audience participation. Please see the tentative agenda.

We hope you will join us!


11:00 AM – 11:40 AM

Workshop Overview and Background

11:40 AM – 12:20 PM


12:20 PM – 1:00 PM

Challenges from the Field

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM


1:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Challenges Sessions

  • Session 1: Cybersecurity Challenges affecting Genomic Sequencing
  • Session 2: Cybersecurity Challenges for Genomic Software
  • Session 3: Cybersecurity Challenges for Genomic Data Storage
  • Session 4: Genomic Data Use Challenges
  • Session 5: Privacy Challenges for Genomic Data

3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

Open Lightning Round

4:20 PM – 4:30 PM

Next Steps/Wrap-up

Event Details

Starts: January 26, 2022 - 11:00 AM EST
Ends: January 26, 2022 - 04:30 PM EST

Format: Virtual Type: Workshop


Attendance Type: Open to public
Audience Type: Industry,Government,Academia



Created December 10, 2021