IAPP Privacy.Security.Risk 2016 Conference – What a show!

Authored by Jenn Behrens, Partner and Executive Vice President of Privacy.

The IAPP 2016 Privacy.Security.Risk (PSR) Conference in San Jose, California did not let us down. The IAPP Privacy Academy and CSA Congress came together to present this great forum for professionals in both the privacy and security arenas to collect, share, and learn from one another through a series of workshops, presentations and panel discussions. The PSR focuses on the interplay of privacy and security with risk, which reflects the shift in industry to understanding the relevancy of risk assessment and management in organizations. This dovetailed nicely with recent similarly focused events such as NIST Privacy Controls Workshop we attended and reported on a couple of weeks ago.

Notable speakers and presenters repeatedly demonstrated this understanding, and provided both the overarching context as well as practical applications of managing the risk of privacy and security implications for organizations. I could have spent days with each of them exchanging insights into and innovations in privacy, security and risk management with the diverse array of institutions with which we each work.

The members of the Women Leading Privacy and Security Breakfast panel which I moderated was no exception: Amanda Bell Smith, CIPP/E, VP, Workforce Data Privacy Officer, Fidelity, Juanita Koilpillai, President, Digital Risk Management Institute; CEO, Waverley Labs and Chenxi Wang, Chief Strategy Officer, Twistlock. The panel discussion focused on the collaborative leadership skills for managing organizational privacy, security and risk in contemporary businesses. These ladies are all exemplifying leadership qualities in these areas, and I often found myself completely absorbed by their accounting of their work in privacy, security and cyber-risk fields in addition to listening about lessons learned about rising in their respective careers as strong women. Some of the key lessons learned about their rise and path to leadership across their careers are to think holistically and strive to reduce silos, to be willing to take a stand and then be able to back up their stance with concrete statements and from a position of power, and strive to be proactive and not reactive in the industry.

I was proud to moderate and guide this panel of strong female leaders in privacy, security and risk. And, I was pleased to see such a focus in the sessions on the intersections of privacy and security with risk assessment and management. We continue to support organizations in the pursuit of advancing their privacy and security postures in such a manner, and I hope to see you at the Global Identity Summit this week, as our company participates on the Federal Focus: Commerce Panel and discusses GSMA’s latest developments across the world and the United States deploying Mobile Connect.

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