TechFire tackles GDPR…

TechFire is currently presenting a three-part briefing series on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which will become law in 2018.

The first briefing in the series introduced the scope and impact of GDPR, posing the question ‘What’s My Exposure?‘.

The second event, ‘How Do I Comply?‘, looked at embarking on the compliance journey: assessing skills, data audits and assembling the project team to get it done.

The series concludes in September, posing the question ‘How Do I Stay Safe?

With the deadline for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation getting ever closer, Irish organisations, of all sizes, are at different stages on their compliance journey.

Regardless of where you are on that journey, your organisation needs to know that continued compliance will not be the straw the breaks the camel’s back.

TechFire, in association with Fujitsu, Veritas and Symantec, will examine the ongoing compliance issues, from continuous monitoring and review to the developing role of the Data Protection Officer.

With the Irish Data Protection Commissioner stating that companies that distinguish their products and services by data privacy standards will start to win, there is not only an obligation but an opportunity. With compliance comes competitive advantage, as organisations can better utilise the data at their disposal, gain critical insights, and start to win.

With data privacy expert Aoife Sexton, a host of experts in the field and real world user experiences, this event will provide the information and insights necessary to ensure that compliance is not a burden but a benefit for your organisation.

Click below for Presentations, photos and video from events 1 and 2; or to register for Event 3 in September 2017.


“GDPR, which will become law in May 2018, has been referred to as the greatest shake-up of privacy laws for more than a decade.”

Paul Hearns, Editor, TechPro magazine



Corporate Compliance Manager, An Post

Tom Hulton is corporate compliance manager at An Post and also chairman of the Association of Data Protection Officers. With a strong background in corporate law, risk and audit, he will talk about An Post’s journey in GDPR, as well as providing a wider insights from data protection professionals.



Engineer & Management Consultant, Fujitsu

Sarah leads Fujitsu’s Continuity & Resilience practice. She is a business continuity and crisis management specialist which enables her to take a holistic and strategic view of enterprise risk. Her goal is to bridge the gap between the boardroom and the IT department, remembering that IT, however complex and expensive, is just an enabler to help achieve business objectives. She has a diploma in Business Continuity from Coventry University School of Disaster Management, is a Certified Information Privacy Manager; and has helped many organisations across the public and private sector to become more resilient and cyber aware.


Co-Founder & Director, Frontier Privacy

Aoife is a technology and data privacy lawyer with more than 20 years’ international experience, advising emerging and established Irish and international technology companies, particularly those offering data centric products/services such as data analytics, SaaS, cloud computing, and application developers.
She will explore the new relationships and interdependencies of supply chains in light of the regulation, and how existing service provider relationships might be affected, as well as other legal aspects of ongoing compliance.


Security Officer, Symantec

John Handley joined Symantec in summer 2014 as a Security Officer with a focus on bringing a holistic approach to Information Security, combining Thought Leadership with industry best practice and globally accepted standards.  With experience in both Irish and global projects through BT, John has wide-ranging experience and has recently gained his MSc for Information Security thesis.  He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Software Systems and has a range of significant security credentials:
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)
CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)
CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control)
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker)
John will highlight the security concerns around GDPR, the possible risks and their mitigations.


Director Product Management Information Intelligence, Veritas

Simon will talk about maintaining compliance from an information management and information governance perspective, and their importance in providing data privacy.