Magazine article Information Management

DPO Role Is Hottest Tech Ticket in Town, Says Reuters

Magazine article Information Management

DPO Role Is Hottest Tech Ticket in Town, Says Reuters

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To illustrate the importance of the data protection officer (DPO), a February Reuters.com article pointed to the career arc of Jen Brown, who attained her first certification for information privacy in 2006 and had a difficult time finding a job.

But now Brown's inbox is "besieged by recruiters."

That's because organizations around the world are scrambling to conform with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect in May.

"I got into security before anyone cared about it, and I had a hard time finding a job," she told Reuters. "Suddenly, people are sitting up and taking notice."

Brown is DPO of analytics for Sumo Logic in Redwood City, Calif.

The GDPR gives European citizens more control over their online information and applies to all organizations that do business with EU citizens. Organizations whose core activities include substantial monitoring or processing of personal data must hire a DPO.

And finding DPOs is not easy. …

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