Data Protection

Expert advice for Data Protection and Privacy Day

Data Protection Day as it’s marked across Europe, or Data Privacy Day, internationally, is an annual marker in a very challenging cybersecurity challenging calendar. Consumer data is regularly stolen, and enterprises and public sector organisations are often in the headlines because of incessant attacks from cybercriminals as well as from accidental privacy misadventures.

All organisations find maintaining privacy and data protection best practises a challenge in this environment. With increasingly strong regulations levied from across many national and regional jurisdictions, staying on top of data privacy and protection is only ever becoming a bigger priority with high risks and penalties at stake.

Five experts from across the enterprise technology space offer their opinions and advice for organisations of all sizes. From cybersecurity and password management to customer data, data analytics, and software development, these thought leaders have shared their experiences so you can benefit.

Security starts with your teams – Rob Zuber, CTO, CircleCI

“In today’s world, we use tools built by others, offering greater agility, allowing us to work faster and more efficiently. The caveat? It’s easier to lose sight of what is happening. Security is core to the software business and software is core to every business. Data security must be core to every business from the infrastructure and software layer upwards – and it starts with developers and their mind-set.

“Leaders need to think about the security of their offerings at every point in the systems development lifecycle: From including security engineers from the design phase through to regular third-party audits of code libraries and service provider standards. With this greater traceability, developers are empowered to write, test, and measure those improvements using a Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery platform, resulting in shorter lead times for developing features and bug fixes, as well as greater agility concerning changes in development priorities and market trends.

“The bottom line is that your team is your most valuable set of security researchers. They know your applications best and must be the first line of security and data privacy defence, creating a secure foundation for the entire business.”

Rob Zuber is the CTO of CircleCI, providing a platform for businesses to build software applications at speed and at scale. Rob has founded four startups and has been CTO at three.

Privacy is a security issue, at heart – Drew Bagley, Vice President & Counsel, Privacy & Cyber Policy at CrowdStrike

“Increasingly, privacy is not only a core social value but intertwined with technologies used in daily life. Although threats to privacy can take many forms, one of the greatest threats today comes in the form of data breaches. Consequently, modern privacy laws require holistic data protection in both privacy and cybersecurity.

“The GDPR, California’s CCPA, Brazil’s LGPD, Japan’s APPI, and sector-focussed laws take common approaches to not only laying out rules of what organisations can do with data, but also make clear there are risk and impact based obligations to protect data against breaches and make appropriate notifications in the event of one.”


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