Croke Park | 06 April | 8-10am



“GDPR has been referred to as the greatest shake-up of privacy laws for more than a decade. For its far-reaching consequences, it has also been likened to the Millennium Bug. However, unlike the Millennium Bug, it cannot be avoided: it will happen and Irish organisations must be ready.”

Paul Hearns, Editor, TechPro magazine


The next TechFire session on 06 April will be the first in a series of three briefings on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which will become law in May 2018.

This first briefing will answer key questions on what the regulation is and how it came about. It will present, from a legal perspective, the extent of obligations and potential penalties for organisations that fall foul.

Looking organisation-wide, this session will examine the extent of the regulation and all aspects of operations that come under its remit. The briefing will also introduce the other major directive to coincide with the GDPR timeline, the Network Information Security (NIS) directive.

David Prendergast, information security officer at DEPFA Bank, will talk about exploring the extent of the regulations in an already heavily regulated environment, as well as implications for banking in general. DEPFA Bank provides financial services to the public sector, and financing for infrastructural projects.

Expert speakers from Fujitsu and Veritas will outline what Irish organisations need to know to embark on their individual paths to compliance for the May 2018 deadline.

Moderator Paul Hearns will moderate the presentation and panel discussion. It all adds up to an expert two-hour update on this vital topic: essential information for IT professionals.

Don’t miss it! TechFire briefings are free to attend but registration is required and space is limited. Confirm your place now.


TechFire regulars: note different venue Croke Park



DAVID PRENDERGAST, Information Security Officer at Depfa Bank

David Prendergast has more than 30 years experience in IT and security, including operational risk roles at AIB and Ulster Bank. He is passionate about ‘people issues’ and the practical side of good risk management.


SARAH ARMSTRONG-SMITH, Engineer & Management Consultant, Fujitsu

Sarah Armstrong-Smith will talk about the range of services that Irish organisations are likely to need as they assess their current state in preparation for the compliance project, as well as unlocking value in data held.


SIMON NIXON, Director, Product Management, Information Intelligence, Veritas

Simon Nixon will speak on understanding the role and importance of information management and governance in data privacy, and how information management and information governance will be the bedrock in complying with GDPR.



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