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Data Sec Conference to Address GDPR

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Helen Dixon, Irleand’s Data Protection Commissioner

With the deadline for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fast approaching, the second annual Dublin Data Sec will take place on April 9th with Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon billed as one of the keynote speakers.

The conference will guide businesses and organisations through the necessary steps to compliance with a focus on transparency, security and accountability.

The GDPR directive comes into force on May 25th 2018. Businesses or organisations could face fines of up to €20m or 4% of annual global turnover for non-compliance under the new regulations. Dublin Data Sec will address the challenges and opportunities for Irish businesses, charities, voluntary groups and public sector organisations around data protection under the GDPR.

Dublin Data Sec 2018 is supported by sponsors Microsoft, Irish managed IT services provider Arkphire, global law firm Eversheds Sutherland and enterprise security solutions provider RedFlare.

Dixon will be joined at Dublin Data Sec 2018 by speakers including information security industry expert Brian Honan; Deirdre Garvey, Chief Executive Officer, The Wheel, Ireland’s national association of charities, community and voluntary organisations; Mark Little, CEO, Neva Labs; Helen Quinn of the Small Firms Association (SFA) and Ardi Kolah, Executive Fellow and Director of the GDPR Transition Programme at Henley Business School.

Key topics to be covered at Dublin Data Sec are: the prevention of data breaches and data loss; data retention; accountability, implementation and response; with the spotlight on unified platforms, reporting, data analysis, and data management, for example centralising data in dashboards to facilitate compliance with the GDPR. Security applications are a focus against the backdrop of growth in cloud and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

Compliance requires awareness and collaboration across every aspect of businesses and the conference will also highlight employee awareness and training in relation to potential data breaches, as well as employee rights and privacy.

The event is organised by Independent News & Media (INM) and according to the group’s technology editor, Adrian Weckler “GDPR is one of the biggest, most impactful regulatory changes ever seen. It will affect organisations of all sizes and nature, from small firms right through to enterprise-level businesses and public-sector bodies. Authorities in Ireland and across Europe have bluntly said that they will not hold back from using their considerably enhanced powers to enforce the new rules. Yet survey after survey shows that a majority of Irish organisations, even at this late stage, do not feel fully prepared for the GDPR rule change. This conference will contain crucial guidance for organisations seeking to make sure they don’t fall foul of the legal changes. Attendees will be given expert, easy-to-grasp advice and examples of what needs to be done prior to May 25th.”

Cliona Carroll, Sponsorship and Events Manager, INM adds: “Dublin Data Sec 2018 sponsors Microsoft, Arkphire, Eversheds Sutherland and RedFlare bring global technology, legal and IT security expertise, reinforcing the data protection agenda at the event to be delivered by industry expert speakers. INM events are delighted to welcome them to join Ireland’s second annual data protection conference.”

For more information visit: www.independent.ie/datasec2018