Advent IM introduces MyDataProtectionOfficer advisory service ahead of GDPR

Julia McCarron

Julia McCarron

In direct response to the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirement for some businesses and organisations to have a dedicated Data Protection Officer (DPO) in place, Advent IM has launched a new data protection advisory service. Entitled MyDataProtectionOfficer, it’s aimed at those organisations who subsequently discover they cannot resource another employee to meet this requirement, or who are simply looking for a more cost-effective and agile way in which to comply.

The continued focus on all matters data protection, brought about by the impending GDPR roll-out in late May, has meant that many businesses and organisations have been keenly studying the articles and guidance to discover what they need to do to be compliant, or at least what needs to be put in place to ensure that they’ll become compliant.

Some of those businesses and organisations will be discovering that they need to appoint a DPO. It’s a revelation that may have left some perplexed at the additional cost involved and unsure in terms of how they will go about doing so. Some may still be unsure if this new law even applies to them.

With this potential data protection vacuum in mind, Advent IM has stepped in with an advisory service to satisfy both the need for a DPO under the GDPR and the need for the host business to manage cost.

MyDataProtectionOfficer is designed to meet all of the GDPR requirements for a DPO, but instead of hiring a full-time employee who would require holiday pay, a pension and sick leave etc, the team of data protection experts at the client’s disposal are only chargeable for the time actually used.

Businesses might find that they’re able to use expertise that may have been outside of the pay scale they could have offered to an employee.

Advent IM director Julia McCarron explained: “We know there has been a lot of confusion and a great deal of fear around the GDPR. Many people who have never before had to focus a significant amount of time on data protection are having to do so now. If you meet the criteria for a DPO and have perhaps left it somewhat late to work out how to resource one, or you cannot access the level of expertise you need on a budget or simply don’t feel your business warrants a full-time resource of this nature, then MyDataProtectionOfficer is for you.”

McCarron added: “Given Advent IM’s wider information security expertise and knowledge of implementing standards such as ISO 27001, Cyber Essentials and IASME, those using our service will benefit from an holistic approach that considers the wider aspects of securing all types of information. What may seem daunting to you is business as usual to us.”

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About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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