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What is GDPR? A guide for our candidates…

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU regulation that will come into force on 25 May 2018. It will strengthen the current rules under the Data Protection Act (1998) by introducing new obligations for organisations and rights for individuals.

The GDPR will apply to businesses that are outside of the EU but continue to provide services to individuals from EU Member States, so will be applicable even after Brexit.

How does it affect you?

You’ve probably received a *delete as appropriate: large/enormous/mailbox breaking number of emails from companies alerting you to opt in to keep receiving emails and probably like me, you’ve followed up on a few and left quite a lot unanswered for them to assume you’re no longer interested and happy to be deleted.

As a company working with people and handling their data, we understand it’s vital to protect the privacy of data for our candidates, clients and everyone we’re working with across the recruitment process.

We’ve been making changes to the way we process your data and how long we keep it for and will be contacting our candidates to make sure we’re only holding data you’re happy for us to. You will be able to login at any time and update your preferences or change your consent options.

We’re updating many of our Policies, Contract and Forms to ensure we’re fully compliant. You can find our Privacy Policy here.

We’re members of the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and they’ve produced a great Infographic for jobseekers –  know your data protection rights.

Any questions, get in touch with Claire Law, Managing Director Atwood Tate’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) at clairelaw@atwoodtate.co.uk

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Information Security and the world of publishing

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Information Security and the world of publishing

Before I started out in recruitment, my publishing roots were in rights and licensing and my role was to ensure companies that re-used our content for commercial use was copyright compliant i.e. they paid for it.

Fast forward some years and I find myself speaking to candidates that work in information security (in fact, my first placement in recruitment was a senior information security role) and, although the two things are completely separate, there are some similarities.

The first being that in both verticals you’re protecting something, whether that be content or data and systems and the second is that you’re retaining the commercial value so that you (the owner) are the only one that capitalises on it.

That aside, and moving more on to the point, we’ve all seen what’s happened in recent years; corporations of all different sizes being hacked of commercial and private content, even recently a well-known search engine having had up to a billion of its users’ details accessed and even as far as the Russians tampering with the US presidential vote.

The financial services industry is all over information / cyber security and has been for some time now but then they have to be as they have to look after our money after all or, if failure to do so, face severe penalties.

But are publishers doing enough?

Yes they don’t have our personal money, but they do put substantial time and effort into creating and curating content (not alone the monetary value) that enrich our lives on so many levels and not to mention the data they have from us as consumers and all the systems and technology that support this content digitally.

The bigger players out there are scaling up their information security departments to protect what they own but is the industry as a whole keeping up? As many publishers move into a more ‘direct to consumer’ relationship with customers this will be even more crucial.

Additionally, on the 25th May 2018, the UK government will be applying the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will introduce a new legal framework surrounding the use of personal data with the consequences of misuse resulting in huge fines.

But rest assured, Atwood Tate can provide the most appropriate resource and help with the compliance burden, whether that be in a permanent or interim capacity.

So should you be looking to get ready for the upcoming GDPR or want to ensure your technology and content is secure, we can assist in areas such as:

  • Data protection
  • Audit and regulatory compliance (ISO27001, PCI-DSS etc.)
  • Infrastructure security design
  • 3rd party supplier assurance
  • Programme and project assurance
  • Controls and access management
  • Threat management
  • Vulnerability assessment

On that note, have a happy Christmas and look forward to speaking to you in the New Year.

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London Info International Conference

London Info International Conference

Our consultant Christina Dimitriadi will be attending the London Info International Conference on Day on the 7th of December. The Conference will last 2 days from the 6th until the 7th of December! It is a unique event that brings together professionals from the information industry and we can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say after attending!

To learn more about the event click here to see the conference programme!

You can pre-register to attend the event for free, or pay £50 for tickets on each day.

Are you going to this event? If you are let us know on social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram. If you see Christina be sure to say hello!

 

 

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PPA Business Class: Tech and Data One Summary

PPA Business Class: Tech & Data one

PPA Business Class: Tech and Data One Summary

A week ago Friday, Kellie and I attended The Tech and Data One, an event put together by the PPA (Business Class). The event was held at M by Montcalm in the heart of London’s tech city.

The event was excellently executed with well thought-out content coupled with interesting debate. It was an opportunity to meet publishers and suppliers (to publishers) alike from Chief Technology Officers to Chief Data Officers, Strategists and Compliance Specialists (as well as top of their game consultants from the recruitment sector!).

  • Chaired by Chris Fosberry, CTO of Argus Media, the event kicked off with a panel discussion involving Mark Brincat, CTO of The Economist Group, Mike Fraser, CTO of Wilmington PLC and Jonny Kaldor, Co-Founder of the Kaldor Group covering the implementation of the right technology, the best strategy, skill-set and partnerships  in order to help the business grow and flourish.
  • Sean Hayes, Group head of Data from Incisive Media was next presenting Data, Data Everywhere which was all about getting the right data strategy for the business and utilising the best data so that the correct demographic knows your product and services, increasing the revenue stream.
  • Following this, and beautifully delivered by Duncan Smith, Director iCompli with a touch of clever humour, was an interesting piece on compliance regarding the use of data, where we are with it and where we’re going. Lookout for the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation!).
  • To conclude the presentations, Lee Atkinson, Enterprise Solutions Architect of AWS (Amazon Web Services) explained how new cloud architectures can benefit the publishing sector, by streamlining operations and increasing value whilst in a secure environment.

With the presentations over, we split into small groups for an informal workshop where we discussed and shared ideas of our technology experiences and best practices.

A great event and I would highly recommend the next one!

If you attended the event, or will be attending the next, let us know! Contact us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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PPA Business Class: The Tech and Data One

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You may remember that on the 21st October we attended the PPA Marketing Conference; well on the 18th November we will be attending the Tech and Data One!

For more information about the event click here!

Here’s a brief summary of the sessions you can attend on the day:

Sessions:

The Panel: Systems, Big Data And Making the Money
As a senior tech executive, how do you drive strategy and help business grow? What are the partnerships you can seek to create, and are there particular skill sets you can hire to help meet your objectives?

  • Creative Advertiser partnerships
  • Strategies for data-focused technologies
  • Investing in specialised staff and skills

Other sessions at the event include topics on:

  • Data
  • Compliance and Legality
  • Transformational Publishing
  • Suppliers: The Inside Track

Speakers Include:

Chris Fosberry, CTO, Argus Media
Mark Brincat, CTO, The Economist Group
Mike Fraser, CTO, Wilmington plc
Jonny Kaldor, CO-Found, Kaldor Group
Sean Hayes, Group Head of Data, Incisive Media
Duncan Smith, Director, iCompli
Lee Atkinson, AWS Enterprise Solutions Architect

We’re happy to be an official sponsor for this event, as we were for the last which you can read about here!

Two of our consultants, David Martin and Kellie Miller,  will be attending the event! David handles all of our IT and Data roles whilst Kellie is the Temps team manager. Please feel free to contact them via their emails, which can be found here, or via LinkedIn to request a meeting or to get in touch on the day.

Let us know if you’re attending the event on Twitter, Facebook and don’t forget to share any photos on Instagram!

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