With so many different areas of the company involved in our journey to becoming compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by May 25th, it was essential for us to have a strong program manager mapping our route.
The GDPR enforces the idea that every company should to be aware of data privacy for EU citizens, and how we manage their privacy and data within our company. The scope of the GDPR is very wide and must include all customer, employee and vendor data held in our products, systems and on hard copy.
The role of the GDPR program manager includes coordinating across all of these different functions involved within the organization, and there are many of them. The person should have experience in compliance, project management and finance. Our GDPR program manager, Renee Courane, previously worked as the internal control manager for Europe, and has experience working with many cross-functional teams globally.
Renee had both internal and external support, with internal subject matter experts in each of the teams involved at Trend Micro, including HR, marketing, sales and operations, and also external legal counsel when we needed additional advice.
All of these internal and external areas had to be considered when designing our roadmap to becoming GDPR compliant. We split our project roadmap into four stages:
Watch the video to learn more about our GDPR program manager, Renee, and see what was involved in mapping our journey to compliance.
3/14 – Overview and Finance/Executive Sponsor: Learn what the GDPR is all about, and understand how executive sponsorship will help your organization and employees become prepared.
3/21 – GDPR Program Manager: See who is mapping our Journey to GDPR compliance, and find out what type of person is needed to coordinate all of the functions involved.
3/28 – Legal: The GDPR is fundamentally a legal obligation. Understand how large the role of legal is in scope, both internally and externally, and how it is involved across all aspects of the organization.
4/4 – IT Security: Hear what our IT director has to say about how the GDPR is affecting our organization, from taking a global perspective to the way we manage data privacy, to changing the way we communicate.
4/11 – Sales & Marketing: Our COO, Kevin Simzer, explains how we’re on the same journey to becoming GDPR compliant as our customers are, and what the benefits are in this process.
4/18 – HR: See how the GDPR affects our employees, and what we’ll do to ensure they have a good understanding of the regulation.
4/25 – Marketing Operations: Learn how our Marketing Operations team ensures that our customer data is protected across all external platforms.
5/2 – Products and Services: Hear from Bill McGee, SVP Cloud Security, on how we’re always evolving to deliver state-of-the-art capabilities in our products, and how we help our customers deliver their portion of the shared security responsibility of cloud environments.
5/9 – Sales and Channel Enablement: See how important it is that our existing partners understand GDPR, and how we help them find the tools needed to achieve GDPR compliance.