Great interview with Mike Ross, Commercial Director at Wizuda

1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

I’m working as the commercial director for Wizuda. Wizuda is the data transfer division of the wholly Irish based and owned company iCONX Solutions Ltd. Wizuda is the gold standard in data transfer compliance for GDPR.

With businesses under pressure to be GDPR compliant by May 2018 and the significant rise in cyber security threats and data breaches, businesses need the right technical solutions more than ever to enable them to regain visibility and control over their data, where it is stored, where it goes and who has access to it.  If personal data is being sent over insecure email unencrypted, this increases the potential likelihood of encountering data breaches and failing a data protection audit.

We must also remember that being GDPR compliant is an ongoing requirement and businesses need to put permanent fixes in place, the more automated processes are the better.  Many companies have grown organically over time with a host of legacy systems which are often disjointed and fail to provide central visibility.  It’s a golden opportunity for businesses to take back control over their data. Wizuda is versatile – we can both complement or replace current system/processes. We are a step that you can embark on immediately, regardless of your stage in the GDPR journey.

How was the last year, what worked well and what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

The last year has been very positive and I’ve been meeting with businesses across all industry sectors seeing how they’ve been responding to the GDPR regulation.  Some are more ahead than others but I’ve been surprised at the lack of GDPR awareness in general and had expected businesses to be further along on their GDPR compliance projects.  In some industries other regulations have taken precedence so it’s only in the last few months that they’ve started to prioritise GDPR.  Our own Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has stressed that there will be no grace period and with their office headcount expected to rise to 90 by the end of 2017, they will have more resource at their disposal to conduct data protection audits and respond to data breaches, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.  

What are your plans for the future?

To continue doing what we’re doing and help businesses and IT departments to simplify their path to achieving GDPR data transfer compliance.  Included in this is building awareness so we’ll be speaking at several upcoming GDPR events in Ireland and across the EU.

What will you be talking about at FinTech20?

I’ll be giving a high-level overview of the GDPR and key considerations for the average business drawing from our own experience.

What inspired you to attend it?

Great speaking line-up, potential to meet some very interesting people.

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

Irishtechnews.ie, Wired, TheRegister, Techcrunch, Reddit.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

You can go to our website at www.wizuda.com, follow us on Twitter (@WizudaGDPR) and we’re also on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/17924926/).

How to achieve GDPR compliant data transfers, Mike Ross Commercial director for WizudaGDPR


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