Author: Steve Watkins

Steve Watkins is the Executive Director of IT Governance Europe. He is an authority on information security management and ISO 27001 implementation and is co-author (with Alan Calder) of the definitive compliance guide, IT Governance – An International Guide to Data Security and ISO27001/ISO27002. Steve is Chair of the ISO/IEC 27001 User Group, the UK Chapter of the ISMS International User Group, and an ISMS Technical Assessor for UKAS, advising on its assessments of certification bodies offering accredited certification. Steve sits on the IST/33 committee, responsible for the UK’s contributions to the revisions of the ISO2700x series of standards, and RM/1, the committee responsible for BS 31100, the British standard for risk management, and the UK’s contributions to ISO 31000.

In August 2019, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) released a new privacy standard set to become the benchmark for helping organizations comply with international privacy frameworks and laws. ISO/IEC 27701:2019 serves as a privacy extension to the internationally recognized management standard for information security, ISO/IEC 27001, which already enjoys significant global adoption rates. ISO 27701 is designed to be implemented by organizations worldwide that collect and process personally identifiable information (PII) and was developed to help organizations comply with key privacy laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Privacy laws introduced…

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