Data Protection, Privacy, and Transparency

In anticipation of GSX, we sat down with presenters of upcoming sessions in order to get a better understanding of the topics at hand. This week we are featuring, “Data Protection, Privacy, and Transparency,” presented by Joseph Kabosa Maina, Security Risk Controller at Lady Askari. Read on for what he had to say and don’t forget to register for GSX 2024!

Q: How did you become interested in your topic?

A: I became interested in the topic since we have experienced instances in which most people, when accessing different online apps and services, don’t read or try to understand the privacy policy of usage. With this knowledge, most people have lost court cases since negligence was found on their side. Most online users give authority of data exposure as a sign-up requirement, hence leading to hackers accessing crucial information that should be confidential through malicious website links. That led to exposing crucial information to their immediate people or associates. So, sensitizing the need to uphold data privacy, transparency, and protection became my interest.

Q: Tell us about your presentation and why security professionals should have this topic on their radar.

A: My presentation will be brief and well-detailed to help every professional to be conversant with data protection in their different fields of expertise. Security professionals need the topic on their radar so that they can have documents of individuals’ clear consent to the processing of customers’ data to avoid legal encounters on any breaches experienced during transactions. It also makes easier access for the data subject to his or her data. In case of project closure, the right to rectification, to erasure, and ‘to be forgotten’ for data safety purposes, and lastly to consent the right to object, including to the use of personal data for ‘profiling’ or the right to data portability from one service provider to another

Q: What advice would you give security professionals interested in this topic?

A: The best advice I would give is to stay informed since regulations evolve, regularly update your knowledge through courses, seminars, and workshops, familiarizing oneself with major data protection regulations like GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, and others relevant to the security industry and region. Developing technical expertise to allow information access of data to authorized parties only. These applications would promote a culture of privacy while enhancing transparency and help implement strong security measures. With all these security professionals can build robust data privacy and protection frameworks, fostering transparency to face digital age challenges revamped. engaging in ethical practices becomes easy.

Q: How do you see this issue evolving in the next 2-5 years?

A: The next three years are poised to see significant advancements in privacy and data protection, driven by technological innovation, evolving regulations, and increased public awareness. Individuals will gain more control over their personal information, businesses will adopt more responsible data-handling practices, and workplace data compliance will become more robust and standardized. These developments will collectively contribute to a more secure and privacy-conscious digital environment

Q: Why do you attend GSX?

A: The great opportunity to attend Global Security Exchange provides me with the knowledge, skills, and connections necessary to excel in security and stay at the forefront of the rapidly evolving security field.