On 2nd November 2017, Nigel Peers – Senior Consultant and Data Protection Practitioner at NW Security Group, presented an overview and discussion of the impending EU GDPR to an audience of security professionals and members of ASIS International.
ASIS International, a leading organisation for security professionals worldwide, normally hold their UK-based events in London, but on this occasion, Axis Communications hosted the seminar at its new head office in Luton.
The Security of Security
The seminar’s theme was “The Security of Security” and focused on the challenges of security in the digital age; highlighting supply chain security and how procurement decisions can impact business as the regulatory landscape shifts ahead of the biggest changes in data protection legislation that the UK and Europe have faced in twenty years.
Helping organisations understand the importance of supply chain security and how the EU GDPR will impact this crucial aspect of any business, is something that both NW Security and Axis have been leading the way with for some time now. The chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so all parties have their part to play from manufacture, distribution, installation and of course, through to the end-user.
In addition to Nigel’s EU GDPR presentation, other challenges facing organisations in the digital age were discussed, including the convergence of physical and cyber security, and how businesses can grow and innovate in a secure digital environment.
Nigel Peers commented after the seminar:
The EU GDPR brings about an opportunity for all organisations, large and small, to adopt best practice in data security; that’s ultimately what the new regulations are about. In the last few months, I’ve been involved in a lot of discussion around GDPR and there’s generally a lot of focus on compliance and the disruption that comes with change. What we’ve focused on today is best practice and how implementing and adhering to robust procedures will lead to compliance. The end goal is the same, but I think it’s a much more constructive way for organisations to get there.
The countdown to EU GDPR continues (it becomes enforceable on 25th May 2018) and Nigel’s diary is filling up with Awareness Training and EU GDPR Organisational Readiness consultations. Our advice is to not leave your preparations for EU GDPR too late and if you’re unsure where to start, just get in touch.