The assurance that the confidentiality of, and access to, certain information about an entity is protected.

Extended Definition: The ability of individuals to understand and exercise control over how information about themselves may be used by others.

From: NIST SP 800-130; Adapted from: DHS personnel.

Source: NICCS™ Portal Cybersecurity Lexicon, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies ( as of 11 November 2015, Global Standards

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