On International Data Protection Day, BSI warns of industry skills shortage.

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Today marks Data Protection Day, an international initiative aimed at raising awareness of privacy and data protection best practices in Europe, the US and around the world.

Although Ireland is at the forefront of global technology development, BSI’s centre of excellence, one of the country’s leading providers of cybersecurity and data privacy services, has issued a warning that businesses here are struggling with the changing demands of data privacy laws.

BSI has also cautioned that the industry is experiencing a shortage of skills in the privacy field, placing many organizations at risk.

IAPP President in Dublin for Data Protection Day

To mark Data Protection Day, BSI is welcoming the President and CEO of the renowned International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Mr J. Trevor Hughes, to the firm’s Dublin headquarters. BSI has also announced a new portfolio of advanced training courses for 2020, designed to meet growing corporate demands for privacy and information security skills among Irish firms.

Speaking at his visit, J. Trevor Hughes said: “The changing regulatory environments and the complex digital economy make the job of privacy more important than ever. It is driving the need for trained and certified privacy professionals around the world.”

“At the IAPP, we’ve doubled our membership in the past three years as a result,” added Mr. Hughes. “We have 55,000 members in more than 120 countries while over 20,000 people hold a least one IAPP certification”.

Skills shortage

Meanwhile, BSI has also warned that when it comes to privacy and data protection, many businesses simply do not have adequate skills to get the fundamentals right.

Mike Bailey, Director at BSI, said: “Our sector skills are in high demand at present and we are seeing a shortage of skilled professionals, especially in the privacy field, as organizations seek to meet compliance of new and existing regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA).

“At BSI we have seen demand for our consulting service increase significantly in recent years, especially our data protection and privacy management practices. We partner with the IAPP for our Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E), the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and the newly revamped Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), providing an opportunity for participants to distinguish themselves from their peers with globally recognized credentials in data privacy.”

“Our international wealth of practical expertise across privacy management, data protection and information security means that we have the knowledge to advise our clients on the necessary requirements to strengthen their awareness and resilience now and into the future,” Mike concluded.

Mr. Hughes added: “According to IAPP research, it’s estimated that  500,000 organizations have registered DPOs across Europe. The environment is becoming more complicated each day  – we’re seeing enforcement actions and global data transfers under threat. Privacy professionals are an important tool to help navigate this complex environment, and they should be leveraged now more than ever.”

The BSI team provides a range of solutions to help organizations address challenges in cybersecurity, information management and privacy, security awareness and compliance. For more information visit bsigroup.com/cyber-ie . For more details on BSI’s training courses log onto bsigroup.com/en-IE/our-services/Cybersecurity-Information-Resilience/Training/

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