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Remaining compliant in today’s data-driven digital transformation era


Johannesburg, 22 Jan 2021
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Time is running out for South African businesses to become fully compliant with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), as the deadline is on 30 June, only a few months away.

Unfortunately, too few South African organisations are fully prepared to comply, and failure to do so not only warrants hefty fines and possible jail time, but damage to the company’s reputation.

With this in mind, ITWeb is hosting its 11th annual ITWeb Governance, Risk and Compliance event on 11 February this year, says Lisa Lawlor, events director at ITWeb.

“During the event, delegates will learn how POPIA has become the litmus test for compliance within South Africa and how it is an enabler of business in the data-driven digital era.”

She says this year’s event is themed: ‘POPIA: Strengthening your enterprise governance in the data-driven digital age’, and will also explore all the diverse avenues and channels that organisations can employ in their pursuit to becoming fully compliant by the stipulated time.

The event will be held virtually, and attendees will have a chance to interact with some of South Africa’s leading GRC solution providers who will be showcasing the latest tools and technologies in enterprise governance practices, aimed at helping their businesses meet all POPIA requirements.

“It is critical for organisations across the board to stay compliant in today’s data-driven digital transformation era,” adds Lawlor. “However, there is a lot of fog around what needs to happen on a practical level. Remember, POPIA includes provisions regarding notices when personal information is gathered, the way in which this information may be obtained, and direct marketing by means of electronic channels. There is a lot to unpack.”

ITWeb Governance, Risk and Compliance 2021 will be largely a case study-driven event, and will cover a range of topics, including how POPIA is an enabler of business in the data-driven digital era and not a barrier to new innovations and profitability. It will also offer delegates a road to compliance, with a step-by-step guideline to achieving complete compliance with the Act.

Next it will cover how businesses can realise ROI from their GRC initiatives, and will also delve into how working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the GRC landscape.

For more information and to register for the event, click here

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