With the passing of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2012, we have a fiduciary duty to learn the obligations, develop and implement sustainable Personal Data governance and understand the management of risks especially in the areas of Data Privacy and Security. It affects all organizations whether big or small. Even with the most expensive protection suite, humans are still the weakest link and failure to ensure proper education and inadequate policy setting is often the downfall at any workplace.
There are several reasons for spending money, time and effort on Personal Data Protection and Security. The primary one is preventing financial loss due to data breach, followed by compliance with regulatory requirements, maintaining high levels of productivity and meeting customer expectations. Another important business driver for Personal Data Protection is the recent spate of increasing penalties dealt to businesses. Furthermore with digitalization, governments globally have begun imposing newer and stricter regulations on electronic communications and stored data. Businesses face dire consequences for non-compliance. Finally, the loss of productivity because of a data breach and investigation by the Personal Data Protection Committee (PDPC) is another matter companies especially SMEs can’t afford to pause their business and waste financial and manpower resources on.
The suitable students for this programme are likely to be:
Andy Prakash co-founded AntiHACK.me, Singapore’s first bug bounty platform, working with the top community of white hat hackers to identify and report vulnerabilities in businesses’ websites, mobile applications and systems.
As the Chief Information Officer, he has given speeches and conducted masterclasses for ACE startups, co-working spaces, Echelon by e27 (2019), Chamber of Commerce and even Interpol 2019.
Seeing a lapse in the Data Protection industry, he started Privacy Ninja, providing PDPA Consultancy, training, audit and Outsourced DPO services. He is the designated Data Protection Officer for numerous companies in Singapore and handles Data Protection matters on a day to day basis.
Andy is the the outsourced DPO for ongoing notable clients like Marina Bay Holdings Group, Adam Khoo Learning Technologies, Curtin University, GrandBanks and more.
He has also been featured on numerous media outlets like Channel News Asia, Channel 8 and Berita Harian, on data privacy, cyber security and its various associated topics.
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