When and where is it on?

Ward Solutions, Ireland’s leading information security provider, will host a seminar on March 7th in The Round Room at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, to help Irish organisations to establish where they should be on their GDPR compliance journey. Registrations will open at 08.00, with time to enjoy tea and coffee, before the event begins at approximately 09.00. Presentations and a Q&A session will run until 11.45, after which lunch will be provided and people will have the opportunity to network until 12.45.

How many years has it been going?

Ward Solutions has held several GDPR awareness seminars which all proved to be hugely popular. The last event, held in the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in June 2017, was aimed at helping Irish businesses prepare for the GDPR deadline and was attended by over 100 people. It’s by popular demand that this latest event is being held.

What was the inspiration to start it?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force on 25th May this year, and companies now have a limited amount of time to implement the necessary steps to protect their interests. This seminar provides a unique opportunity for Irish business owners and professionals to gain an insight into the steps that they need to take in the coming months.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

In recent months Ward Solutions has launched a number of services aimed at steering its clients towards GDPR compliance. This event will bring together a number of those customers and provide attendees with the opportunity to hear, first-hand, about the steps they have taken to safeguard their businesses.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

As well as hearing real examples of how organisations have become GDPR ready, industry experts including Ward Solutions’ CTO, Paul Hogan, and Aisling Hennessey, Head of Legal and Compliance for Ward, will provide advice to attendees on how to prioritise their information security and compliance activities to develop strategies that can identify and mitigate risks to personal data. The event will also offer fantastic networking opportunities.

Who will be speaking?

Speakers on the day will include Brian Curtis, Executive Manager ICT, Dublin City Council, who will discuss Dublin City Council’s GDPR journey and the steps that the council has taken to become compliant with the legislation. Sean O’Donnell, Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, ByrneWallace, will also speak at the event and discuss how potential GDPR fines will be levied against organisations found to be non-compliant.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Attendees are encouraged to think deeply about their own GDPR journey and prepare related questions for the dedicated Q&A session. This provides a great opportunity for Irish business owners and professionals to have their specific concerns when it comes to GDPR addressed, enabling them to identify the steps that they need to take next and confidently work towards compliance.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Registrations are open now at http://bit.ly/2npd1VJ and admission to the event is free of charge. Demand has been very high, so anyone who wishes to attend should register as soon as possible.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

Ward Solutions’ has launched a range of services in recent months aimed at helping Irish organisations to secure GDPR compliance. More information on these services, as well as information on the actions that companies need to take to protect themselves, can be found  on Ward’s website.


Edited and prepared by Amy Murphy, Journalism student from DCU.

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