GDPR skills shortage – Not to be ignored: Part II
December 13, 2017
Earlier this year, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced the addition of 200 people to their staff of 500*. The 40 percent increase in people reflects two challenges – the pressure of the pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline of 25th May 2018, and the talent required to support the new regulations for at least the next two years.
Previously, we talked about the importance of creating a unique GDPR assessment for your organisation, to identify areas on which you need to focus and the gaps you need to fill. The needs will run on parallel tracks. While the race to 25th May 2018 is now a sprint, the very next day the compliance marathon begins. And as any runner will tell you, you approach those races with vastly different strategies.
The Sprint: It’s go time. In less than six months, your organisation must be GDPR compliant. You’ve smartly identified the gaps in your compliance. Now you must find the talent. The talent must bring a wealth of experience and the ability to impact your organisation even before they walk through the door. They must understand the relevant areas of GDPR compliance and supporting technologies, as well as your business. You need the best and the brightest and you need it now. But you may not need that talent forever. Instead, rather than taking on permanent head count, you may consider contractors for time-sensitive projects and consultants to build knowledge and expertise.
The Marathon: Think of how data has exploded in the past 2-3 years, and everything that goes with it. That growth will not stop anytime soon. In spite of the punitive elements of GDPR compliance, the flip side presents opportunities for organisations that truly harness, protect and maximise the value of data to create competitive advantages. To achieve this, your organisation will require talent who possess both technology expertise and GDPR business acumen.
That’s part of what is so exciting about our company. We work with some of the most sought after subject matter experts like this and create relationships between them and the businesses seeking their valuable experience.