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Privacy Ops: The New Nexus for CISOs & DPOs

No longer can privacy be an isolated function managed by legal or compliance departments with little or no connection to the organization's underlying security technology.

Recent advancements in machine learning and big data analytics have made data more important today than ever before. Companies are now investing heavily in protecting their customers' data; for instance, Facebook has pledged to double its safety and security team to 20,000 people.

Since the introduction of Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, data protection officers (DPOs) have become the subject of the latest hiring frenzy. Large organizations that are mandated to hire a DPO based on the GDPR's criteria are struggling to find the right person for the job. But how does a DPO fit into the typical security organization?

At the end of the day, a DPO should report directly to top management on all regulation and privacy topics. As such, the perfect candidate must have in-depth knowledge of GDPR and other regulations. Your DPO should also view the responsibilities of GDPR compliance as an opportunity to drive your business forward.

Here is where things become challenging.

Security is led by the chief information security officer (CISO), who oversees regulation and all other security matters. The privacy side is led by the DPO, but this department is traditionally made up of lawyers and legal practitioners who have little knowledge of technology and security. The DPO doesn't have a real connection to the company's technology, and certainly does not have the buying power behind it.

This is true historically as well; the privacy side of operations within an enterprise comes from a legal background, which has been conservative and resistant to change. However, the emergence of regulations such as GDPR has caused a rise of influence in privacy roles, which have started to see growth and an increase in purchasing power. Organizations have also realized the critical need for cross-departmental collaboration and communication.

Today, we have entered a new era of global privacy management. No longer will privacy be an isolated function that can be housed by just legal or compliance. There needs to be a connector somewhere — Privacy Operations — a new and separate group that will serve as the technical connector between the security and privacy teams.

Privacy Ops is much like DevSecOps, wherein security processes take place along with development sprints. And just as security practitioners had to become involved and affect the software life cycle, privacy practitioners today must understand the data life cycle and enforce protection controls throughout the data processing pipelines. In Privacy Ops, we will see a merging of the security and privacy teams, in which the DPOs will leverage the security team's expertise to implement and manage technology in order to simplify regulation adherence.

This change and adaptation to new privacy standards has the potential to positively affect multiple aspects of privacy, business, and security. Privacy or DPO teams can now enhance their in-house impact on the organization and help protect user privacy by adopting technical solutions to be maintained by the privacy operations teams. This allows business digitalization teams to leverage data that is now maintained and governed. Security teams can leverage the power of the new privacy operations teams to enforce privacy regulations, thus allowing security to focus on risk management and prevention.

The impact of hiring data protection professionals and implementing privacy-driven technology is yet to be seen, but it is a necessary step toward minimizing data breaches and keeping our data from falling into the wrong hands.

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Amit Ashbel, security evangelist at Cognigo, has been with the security industry for two decades and has taken on multiple tasks and responsibilities, including technical positions and senior product lead positions. Amit has experience with a wide range of security ... View Full Bio
 

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Privacy Ops & DPO role
Good understanding of the culture and privacy operations. Agree with the Privacy ops approach. Beware of the conflict of interest as the DPO for the GDPR is an independent advisor. 
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