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AMI to host GDPR "Final Countdown" Event for Irish business and IT professionals

AMI, the secure IT retirement company, will host a seminar to help Irish organisations understand the legal requirements of the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The event, on Thursday, November 23rd in the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin, is open to business and IT professionals eager to identify their obligations in the face of the new legislation, which is now just seven months away.


GDPR will have a dramatic effect on how organisations collect and process data. Companies will have to place a renewed focus on ensuring the secure disposal of end of life IT equipment, to prevent sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

Compliance is not optional and failure to comply with regulatory changes stemming from the legislation will have serious consequences for businesses. Those who fail to demonstrate compliance could find themselves liable to fines of up to 4% of global turnover or €20M, depending on which is greater.


At the event, a number of industry experts will guide attendees through the legal requirements of GDPR and highlight the steps that they need to take to avoid significant fines. Firstly, Pearse Ryan, partner at Arthur Cox solicitors, will instruct attendees on their legal obligations under GDPR, and highlight the steps that they need to take to work towards compliance. Pearse specialises in the areas of information technology (including IT disputes), sourcing, outsourcing, cyber-security, computer security/fraud, e-commerce and intellectual property (with an emphasis on IT related matters), making him ideally placed to provide an overview of the legal aspects of the incoming legislation.


Steve Mellings, CEO of the Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance, will also speak at the event. He will focus on helping companies to understand their relationship with their data processor, i.e. the company responsible for processing their data. Understanding this relationship is a crucial element of GDPR. Steve has over 15 years’ experience in asset retirement working with industry, global manufacturers and personally helping to write and implement asset disposal policies for some of the largest organisations in the world.


Finally, Paul Hearns, editor of TechPro Magazine, will present the results of a recent survey carried out by TechPro in association with AMI. The survey sought to identify the potential blind-spots in Irish organisations’ information security strategies in advance of GDPR, and the results reveal some fascinating findings. AMI will also launch a whitepaper highlighting the results of the survey and all event attendees will receive a copy. Coming from a development and security background, Paul has broad experience of enterprise IT and will also host the event.


Event attendees will have the opportunity to network with senior IT decision-makers and GDPR experts and gain valuable insights into how to prepare for the coming regulation.

More Info and registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gdpr-seminar-registration-38386541178.

Refreshments will be provided on the day.

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