Data Privacy and Protection Specialist
February 24th – 25th 2021, Wednesday & Thursday | Recording Available
May 12th – 13th 2021, Wednesday & Thursday
September 15th – 16th 2021, Wednesday & Thursday
November 10th – 11th 2021, Wednesday & Thursday
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time (8 hours total)

Data Privacy & Protection Specialist

The Data Privacy & Protection Specialist (DPPS) course expands the role of privacy professionals and risk managers and teaches them how to manage risks to all of the data in an organization, not just data subject to privacy laws, such as personally identifiable information (PII), health data, or non-public financial data.

The DPPS certificate course helps organizations protect their confidential / proprietary data and intellectual property and counter cyber attacks.  Cyber criminals are targeting the most valuable data in an organization, which often is not the data subject to privacy laws. This hinders incident response, increases business interruption losses, and harms the organization.

The DPPS function enables organizations to protect their “privacy data” plus the data that is critical for operations and valuable to the company.  The program is designed to help all sizes of companies from all industry sectors to take what they have already developed and expand it using best practices and standards.

The DPPS course covers the components of a Data Privacy and Protection Management Program (DPPMP), the roles and responsibilities of the DPPS, data compliance requirements, and how to manage risks to data.

This interactive class and workshop course leads participants through all aspects of establishing and growing a data privacy and protection function.  After completion of the course, participants will be qualified to lead the function within their organization. 

The first half of the course covers basic roles and responsibilities of the DPPS and team, components of a Data Privacy & Protection Management Program (DPPMP), and compliance considerations. 

The second half covers Identifying and managing data privacy and protection risks, and establishing a data privacy and protection function internally.  Workshops provide sample organizations and scenarios and are facilitated by experts to enable the attendees to apply what they have learned.

An attendee will learn:
The key laws and regulations applicable to a data privacy & protection management program (DPPMP)
Why DPPMP frameworks area important
The essential roles and responsibilities of a DPPS and supporting staff
How to plan, launch, and grow a DPPS function internally
How to adapt a DPPMP to fit the size of an organization and operational needs
The various organizational structures being used today
How to recruit and hire for a DPPS function
How to interact with internal stakeholders
How to properly inform and involve board members
How to identify and track key data privacy and protection risks
How to manage third party and supply chain risks to data privacy and protection
How to establish internal metrics and reporting for the DPPMP
How to maintain accountability among stakeholders
How to manage liability through risk strategies coupled with insurance.

A panel of industry experts will share lessons learned regarding organizational structures, recruiting for data privacy and protection positions, internal coordination, and involving and informing the board. 

One Workshop will enable participants to establish a data privacy & protection function within a sample organization

Another workshop will ask participants to act as a DPPS advising their organization during either product development or an acquisition. 

An exam follows the course.  Participants who pass the exam will receive a frameable certificate and will become part of  ADCG’s DPPS Network

Data protection officers or data protection leads
Chief privacy officers or privacy leads
Chief risk officers and risk managers
Chief information officers or IT leads
Chief information security officers or information security leads
Chief compliance officers or compliance counsel or managers
Product development manager
Legal counsel
Chief operations officers or operational personnel


Jody Westby
CEO of Global Cyber Risk

Drawing upon a unique combination of more than twenty years of technical, legal, policy, and business experience, Ms. Westby founded Global Cyber Risk LLC (GCR) in 2000.  GCR provides first-tier advisory and technical services to organizations in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, cyber governance, incident response, and digital asset inventories and data mapping.  Her team has deep expertise in assessing industrial control and SCADA systems used in manufacturing, utility grids, and critical infrastructure sectors. Ms. Westby also serves as Adjunct Professor to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Computer Science. She is a professional blogger for Forbes and writes a regular column for Leader’s Edge magazine on cybersecurity issues.

Ms. Westby is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. She serves as chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Privacy and Computer Crime Committee (Science & Technology Law Section) and co-chair of the Cybercrime Committee (Criminal Justice Section) and is serving a fourth term on the ABA President’s Cybersecurity Task Force.  She co-chaired the World Federation of Scientists’ (WFS) Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security and served on the ITU Secretary-General’s High Level Experts Group on Cybersecurity. 

Ms. Westby led the development of the International Toolkit on Cybercrime Legislation and is an editor and co-author of the 2010 WFS-ITU publication, The Quest for Cyber Peace. Ms. Westby is co-author and editor of four books on privacy, security, cybercrime, and enterprise security programs and author of two books on legal issues associated with cybersecurity research, all published by the ABA.  She speaks globally on these issues.

Previously, she launched In-Q-Tel for the CIA, was senior managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, was senior fellow and director of IT Studies for the Progress and Freedom Foundation, and was director of domestic policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Ms. Westby practiced law at Shearman & Sterling and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. 

She earned a B.A., summa cum laude, University of Tulsa and J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center and was named to the Order of the Coif.  Ms. Westby was elected a member of the American Bar Foundation and the Cosmos Club.

February 24th – 25th 2021, Wednesday & Thursday | Recording Available
May 12th – 13th 2021, Wednesday & Thursday
September 15th – 16th 2021, Wednesday & Thursday
November 10th – 11th 2021, Wednesday & Thursday
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time (8 hours total)
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