• Paul Fingleton

AMI to host GDPR Seminar in Belfast

It's the Final Countdown...

AMI have announced a seminar on Thursday, February 22nd in The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, aimed at helping Northern Irish organisations to understand the legal obligations of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

GDPR comes into force on May 25th, less than four months’ from now, and will greatly affect how organisations collect and process data. In running this seminar, AMI hopes to provide organisations with an overview of some of the steps that they need to take to avoid significant fines.

As well as altering how companies collect and process data, GDPR will require renewed focus on ensuring the secure disposal of end of life IT equipment, to provide sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.

Compliance to the regulation is not optional, and failure to comply with regulatory changes stemming from the legislation will have serious consequences for businesses. Those who fail to take the appropriate steps to get in line with GDPR 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 various legal requirements of GDPR as well as highlighting some of the steps that need to be taken in order to avoid serious fines. Firstly, Adrian O’Connell, partner at Tughans, will provide an overview of the legal obligations of the new legislation. Adrian has worked with a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors over the past 15 years, advising them on maintaining ongoing compliance with UK data protection legislation. Adrian possesses a comprehensive and specialist knowledge of data protection legislation, and he will highlight some of the steps that event attendees need to take to work towards GDPR compliance.

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, Stephen Wray, director of cyber risk services at Deloitte, will also speak at the event. Stephen has 18 years’ experience of technology licensing and scaling technology start-ups and currently leads cyber innovation for Deloitte. Stephen can provide in-depth advice to attendees on issues of information security with specific reference to GDPR.

Following the presentations 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. The results of a recent survey carried out by AMI in association with TechPro Magazine will also be discussed, and all attendees will receive a copy of AMI’s whitepaper GDPR: The Final Countdown. The event is open to business and IT professionals and those interested in registering should visit: http://bit.ly/2GiASPm. Refreshments will be provided on the day.


Date: Thursday, February 22nd 2018

Time: 12.30 – 14.30

Venue: The Rita Duffy Suite, The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper Street, Belfast BT1 2DZ