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New TSA tool helps agencies delete confidential data from public documents

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October 23, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Technology
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A Transportation Security Administration invention that automates what was a 15-step process for redacting sensitive information from public documents is now a popular tool in the intelligence community, the agency’s chief information officer says.

This week a cybersecurity professional association honored TSA CIO Emma Garrison-Alexander for spearheading the creation of the computer program, an enhancement of Adobe’s redaction toolbar.

“It’s extremely important that we do not expose sensitive data intentionally or unintentionally,” Garrison-Alexander said in an interview, after receiving a U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award from (ISC)2 on Tuesday night. “The redaction tool gave us a level of assurance that the information is really redacted . . . Now it’s available not just to government, but to anyone anywhere Adobe is used.”

via NextGov, continued here.