Sumit Sarkar, Immuta
Ryan Naughton, The Center for New Data
As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, so does the need for robust, data-driven research. That’s why the Center for New Data launched its Covid Alliance program in the early days of the pandemic, bringing together epidemiologists, virologists, policy experts, and data scientists to use data to understand the spread and impact of COVID to help shape public policy and health response. The goal of the project is to deliver sophisticated data analytics on highly sensitive data sets at startup speeds with public health scale. In this session, experts from the Center for New Data and Immuta will discuss the challenges associated with accelerating access to data while maintaining strong data governance, particularly when involving access to individual-level data.. The session will explore how the Covid Alliance is stitching together billions of data points from key government, proprietary, and public-use datasets and accelerating research-response cycles with researcher collaboration and government coordination while preserving privacy and ensuring compliance with regulations and contractual data rights. Presenters will look at how the Covid Alliance is leveraging Okta and Immuta to confidently authenticate a diverse set of users and authorize different levels of analyses while extending authorization not just to the database level, but to the row, column and cell-level.