From niche role to one of the most in-demand executive positions worldwide
Over the past decade, the Data Protection Officer (“DPO”) has gone from a niche role required in a few jurisdictions, to one of the most in-demand executive positions worldwide. According to estimates from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, some 75,000 DPOs will be hired by enterprises in response to GDPR and other global privacy regulations. Despite this surge in hiring demand, resources dedicated to providing the guidance and tools necessary for DPOs to succeed in their roles are limited.
New and prospective DPOs face numerous challenges ahead, requiring robust knowledge across both technical and regulatory fields. Understanding an organization’s obligations under the global patchwork of data privacy regulations is a challenging task in and of itself. Now consider the size and scope of the data gathered and stored by a modern enterprise, along with a rapidly evolving technology landscape, and increasingly interconnected business landscape.
Together, these elements make a DPO’s determination of whether an organization is globally compliant a task that cannot, and should not, be taken lightly. Achieving this compliance will no doubt require balancing stakeholder demands, along with navigating internal and external political challenges. DPOs must effectively communicate up the ladder to key executives while building meaningful staff training programs that ensure the reality on the ground matches the tone at the top. Further, DPOs are often legally required to be the primary point of contact for data protection officials across jurisdictions.
With countries (and U.S. states) passing new data privacy legislation monthly, or strengthening existing laws, keeping an eye on the regulatory horizon is mandatory for DPOs. Understanding the potential impact of forthcoming regulatory changes, and its effects on their organization’s current business and strategic roadmap is crucial for success. With DPOs retaining personal liability in a handful of jurisdictions globally, it may be crucial for happiness as well.
This year’s KNOW agenda was built with the unique challenges of DPOs in mind across all six programming tracks: Trust & Safety, Security, Digital Identity, Innovation & Technology, Fintech & Payments, and Regtech. Learn how sharing economy players such as Uber and Airbnb maintain customer confidence, get hands-on demos with the latest technology from leading vendors, and hear insights from global regulators that simply aren’t available anywhere else. Book your ticket now with discount code DPOYEAH for 5% off your event passes!