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Practical Privacy – IT – 30 March 2020

March 30, 2020 @ 08:30 - 16:00 SAST


A data breach can close a company’s doors.

IT Professionals, Information Officers and Data Protection Officers need to know their responsibilities, and they need this delivered in an understandable and relatable way. They need something practical, and they need something applicable.

As an IT professional, you’re at the front-lines of data protection, privacy and cyber-security. Your company could potentially be up against civil action, fines, forensics fees, compensation, and downtime. All of these are possible consequences of a data related incident right now – not to mention the fines from the pending legislation in South Africa and the already-implemented GDPR in Europe – which apples to countries outside of the EU. Data Protection is much more than just Cyber Security, it involves Privacy, Legal Obligations, Public Opinion and immense Trust.

In this training course for IT Professionals, privacy specialist Ross Saunders will take you through the fundamentals and nuances of data privacy regulation, detailing the steps you need to take as a company to both strengthen your privacy position and comply with international legislation, without an overflow of legal jargon.

Topics covered:

  • Components of an effective Privacy Programme
  • The privacy principles of POPIA, the African Union and conditions of GDPR
  • The impact of global privacy trends and laws
  • The anatomy of incidents and breaches and how easily they occur
  • Incident Response and Business Continuity Plans
  • Liability and Responsibility in Data Privacy legislation
  • The policies and agreements you need to have in place
  • Drafting and enforcing an effective IT Acceptable Usage Policy
  • Data storage and centralisation
  • How to effectively draw up your internal procedures
  • Cyber and physical security
  • Practical Quick Wins
  • Leveraging software and technology for compliance

The training will take place online on the 30th of March 2020, from 8:30 – 16:00.

Uniquely positioned with a technical background (software development, networking and cyber security) as well as privacy, Ross has hands-on GDPR and POPIA compliance experience in a number of multinational software companies. Many Development/SaaS SMEs do not have the availability to assign a permanent resource to compliance efforts, as such having an external expert to coordinate ongoing training and compliance allows for business as usual while simultaneously educating staff on embedding the process internally. Ross has the technical know-how, the practical application experience, and the legal exposure to give a holistic, practical, and reasonable approach to compliance. Find out more about Ross, or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Ross holds a Masters Degree in the Management of Technology and Innovation, and is an EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH). He is a professional member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA), and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS). Ross currently serves as the National President of PSASA.


March 30, 2020
08:30 - 16:00 SAST
Event Category:


Zoom Online Meeting
South Africa


Ross Saunders
+27 74 104 7147


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