GDPR Expert Discussion

Arbor Networks and Syntax host expert panel discussion on the GDPR journey

Allen & Overy, UCL Cyber Security Research, RBS/Coutts and Punch Taverns amongst the panellists discussing the real issues of GDPR implementation

By Nigel Woodward, WW Financial Services

In a refreshingly hype-free atmosphere the lunchtime panel discussion at The Ivy in London, on 9th March 2017, was a welcome change the usual tech. company hosted event.

GDPR Compliance

After a keynote from Nigel Parker of Allen & Overy which highlighted the legal implications of non-compliance, viewpoints on the state of the market from the expert panellists took centre stage.

  • Emma Fox – Non Exec Director, Punch Taverns (previously ASDA, Wal-Mart & Halfords)

  • Professor Angela Sasse – Director, Science of Cyber Security, UCL

  • Mark Holmes – Risk Conduct and Restructuring, RBS/Coutts

  • Steinthor Bjarnasson –Networks Research, Arbor

  • Ed Jones – Head of Compliance, ProCheckUp

The collaborative session explored all aspects of implementation of GDPR from legal, people, process and technology perspectives.

Topics included the state of knowledge on the regulation, how to overcome existing security process inadequacies, viewing people as an asset rather than a problem in process, planning, design and implementation of new approaches.

The panel discussed what can be learned from previous regulatory changes such as GSCOP and other sectors, such as the payment card industry (which have had to manage personal data for some time), and looked at the implementation timetable of May 2018.

Trends in malicious network attacks, scary and fascinating, and the implications for reputational risk and data protection by design were discussed.

The audience was particularly interested in the focus on digital data as an asset; the need to raise the agenda to board level awareness with data security both as a business risk and opportunity, and the likely challenges in responding – especially for SME’s who are unaware of the implications on their day-to-day practices but could now be caught in the regulatory web.