IOM Conducts Training on Data Security and Sharing

2 - 4 November 2016

To support the effective development of Georgia’s UMAS (Unified Migration Analysis System) and under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM provided training from 2-4 November 2016 on a range of relevant issues concerning best practice in data security and sharing.

A wide range of government actors were present as well as technical experts who have been assigned to support the development of UMAS.  The training was led by Mr. Nick Southon a data specialist from the United Kingdom with over thirty years of experience in government service.  Initial focus was on the legal frameworks concerning data security in both the EU and Georgia with Mikheil Chikobava providing expertise on the Georgian angle.  Wide ranging additional sessions covered, inter alia (i) privacy, security and breaches (ii) data retention (iii) data minimization and (iv) data sharing principles.  Additionally there a definition and exploration of the concept of the Big Data Environment. At the end of the meeting, the Secretary for Data Support of the Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration Issues summarized the issues discussed during the 3-day training and thanked the EU, the International Organization for Migration, and the invited expert. She underlined the importance of the Unified Migration Analytical System and active participation of all parties involved.