Countdown to EU GDPR: BH Consulting to host information briefings in Dublin

For anyone working in privacy, data protection or security roles, the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation will have been on their radar – and doubtless clogging their inboxes and Twitter feeds – for some time. However, it seems like many organisations haven’t fully grasped the implications of GDPR for their own organisations and how it could affect them.

With that in mind, on May 25th, BH Consulting will be holding two information briefings aimed at demystifying the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation – exactly one year to the day before the regulation comes into force.

The briefings will be held at Buswells Hotel in Dublin, with a morning session running from 8-10am and an afternoon briefing between 12 and 2pm.

Our lineup of speakers includes Linda NiChualladh, An Post’s regulatory and competition counsel and a longstanding data protection expert, who will talk about the legal side of GDPR and its implications for businesses and organisations that handle personally identifiable information.

Clive Nightingale, a lead auditor with Certification Europe, will outline how the ISO 27001 information security standard can help organisations ensure they comply with their obligations under EU GDPR.

And our own Brian Honan will be talking about how to put together an incident response plan for dealing with potential breaches of the regulation.

At BH Consulting, we’re taking a commonsense approach to GDPR. Yes, the obligations are potentially onerous, and some organisations may well need external help to improve their data protection and privacy functions to cope, but I think too much has been made of the fines and penalties.

What EU GDPR does well, in our opinion, is to enshrine every EU citizen’s right to privacy in a law that reflects how widely we now share our personal information. Commercial organisations stand to benefit from compliance with GDPR because users are more likely to trust them. From an operational standpoint, there’s a strong argument to be made that preparing for the regulation will improve any organisation’s information management and make them more effective as a result.

If you’re interested in attending, you can email [email protected], or you can register for either the morning session or the afternoon briefing on Eventbrite. For more background on EU GDPR, follow the links from a previous post to a white paper and webinar series we produced in cooperation with Tripwire.

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