Highlights from Prifender’s RSA roundtable in San Francisco

Privacy leaders agree on the link between automation and privacy management

On February 14th, 2017, Prifender held a roundtable discussion on privacy management and engineering. The event featured three prominent privacy officers:
• Michelle Dennedy, VP & CPO at Cisco Systems
• Marcus Morissette, GPO at eBay
• Kevin Murphy, CISO & DPO at Corning Incorporated

Prifender’s Privacy Management Strategist, John Gevertz, formerly ADP’s Global Privacy Officer, moderated a lively discussion following opening remarks from the speakers.
Many of the participants, representing leading fortune 500 companies, agreed that privacy today is where information security was 20 years ago, but that privacy professionals do not have the luxury of 20 years to improve it.

Two related themes emerged from the discussion.
First, privacy should be treated as a business enabler and not as roadblock; or, as put by Mr. Morissette “Don’t ask the privacy leaders what NOT to do, tell them where you want to get and they will help you get there.” The second theme was that at the heart of today’s privacy challenge is a data governance problem that spans over many terabytes and petabytes of data for most companies. Addressing the data governance challenge while enabling the business is not a task that can be met with policies, contracts and training, but rather more effective means are in order. The role of privacy engineering in addressing the current challenge was repeated throughout discussion, with Ms. Dennedy stating that technological innovation is the future of privacy management. There was another area of consensus around the room – it was an exciting time to be working in the field of privacy!


Prifender’s next roundtable will take place on March 14th, 2017, 17:00 at WeWork Moorgate, 1 Fore St, London EC2Y 9DT, UK.

Contact us to reserve your seat today!