“We are only as strong as our weakest link” – Baroness Neville-Rolfe underlines critical nature of data and cyber security at PrivSec London

Through Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February, PrivSec London welcomed over 2,000 data protection, privacy and cyber security professionals to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in the heart of London.

The conference began with Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG describing a “data and digital revolution spreading through every sector” and a business environment wherein the “issue of privacy has gone up and up the agenda.”

Speaking in the Privacy and Security theatre, Baroness Neville-Rolfe said:

“We’re in a world in which there’s ever more data, a world in which data is increasingly manipulated. There are new risks and opportunities. We must make networks cyber secure. Threats are becoming more and more sophisticated. We are only as strong as our weakest link.”

Building on risk management, Baroness Neville-Rolfe outlined cyber security challenges and priorities for businesses as they bid to grow while complying with legislative frameworks such as the GDPR.

“There needs to be a balance struck between consumer protection, the burden of cost and complexity on organisations and business, and the dampening of innovation.”

“Have a plan and put money and people aside. Culture matters – senior management must lead and explain why it matters in appealing terms. Put it in the context of things which people care about in business,” Baroness Neville-Rolfe advised.

“There is a shortage in skills and this needs to be tackled in business, in schools, and government. Data and cyber protection are now as important as health and safety. A breach can kill a business, just like a poisoning outbreak.”

Delegates at PrivSec London heard subject matter specialists delve into data privacy challenges and solutions facing businesses today, through keynote presentations and panel discussions delivered through the conference’s five theatres, including: Privacy and Security, Healthcare, Public Sector, Financial Services, Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), and more.

Manmeet Singh, Dataguise, said:

“The event has been great, we got to meet a lot of customers and delegates. The conference has been really useful, bringing in a lot of technical people from the cyber security and data privacy sphere, decision-makers. We’re happy and really impressed with the event.”

Steve Wright, Partner, Privacy Culture, said:

“Starting yesterday morning with Baroness Neville-Rolfe, explaining some of the government’s approach to data privacy and cyber security, and why this is so important, was such a useful starter to kick the whole event off. Then we had waves of speakers, each of whom was bringing unique insight.

“All of this has been so useful to take back to the office; all these takeaways are so valuable. They come from years and years of the speakers’ experience.

“For me, this has been like a training course over two days, where I’ve been able to choose which course I attend, and it’s been incredibly powerful and very helpful.”

Nick James, Founder and CEO, Data Protection World Forum, said:

“Over the past two days at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, PrivSec London has thrown a spotlight on the many challenges and solutions on the data privacy and cyber security landscape at this crucial time for UK business.

“I am delighted that so many organisations have supported PrivSec London, helping us bring the data protection, privacy and cyber security communities together under one roof.”

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