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I recently had the pleasure of attending the FST Government Nsw 2018 event as a round table moderator. We had exciting discussions with many Australian agencies on topics for example Data, Customer Experience, Digital on the Inside, etc., but my personal highlight was discussing Cybersecurity and knowledge Protection.  

Data protection is a vital element in doing business and providing services to both of these individuals and the public. Certainly one of my favorite points made during a Q&ampA was that applying privacy and security policies should be viewed as positive actions that may encourage return on investments. 

There’s a lot of noise around GDPR and the penalties companies could face because of not being compliant or having a data breach. Around Australia, we observe that the Australian Government Departments Privacy Code (commencing This summer 1st 2018) is also moving perfectly into a best practice method for better governance across Australian Government Departments.   


One of the numerous similarities between GDPR and also the Australian Government Departments Privacy Code is the fact that agencies will need to undertake an itemized Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for those “high risk” projects. Additionally, it claims that agencies ought to keep a register of all of the PIAs and make the data available to the general public on their respective websites.  

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The Australian Government had quite a fascinating background in 2015 with PIAs not being a part of the standard approach to the majority of the national safety measures. These impact assessments are the initial step from the “Privacy and Security by Design” concept present in many worldwide laws and regulations and rules.

Being active in the security and privacy space for several years, I have to highlight the Office from the Information Commissioner’s website has among the best interactive guides I have seen regarding how to to experience a PIA. I’d recommend the eLearning course for anybody interested. 

APIA is really a technology solution that mitigates the danger natural with manual privacy impact assessments, helping organizations understand and automate the entire process of evaluating, assessing, and reporting around the privacy implications of the enterprise IT systems.

Another recent update that Australian Government Departments and various organisations will need to follow may be the mandatory data breach or Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) plan. Similarly to GDPR, this will require organizations to inform the right authorities within 72 hours if an information breach occurs. Failure to conform using the NDB scheme or not getting a strategy to report, alert or prevent a possible data breach could cost organisations up to $2.a million (body corporate) or as much as $420,000 (civil penalty).  

Since the NDB Scheme went into effect on February 22 of this season, the amount of reported breaches is very worthwhile when compared with prior to the NDB scheme entering effect. The 55 reported data breaches in March is an impact when compared with the complete lack of incident reports in January.

This might imply that companies face significant challenges if found unprepared to conform. Applying security and privacy by design (or from the beginning of each and every project) may potentially save organisations both money and time.  

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) can help you implement a listing and risk sign up for data flows over the organization. It may also help automate security and privacy (by design and automatically) and automates risk and knowledge protection impact assessments.

For additional info on how you can better prepare for Data Breach, I recommend the NSW Data Breach Guidance resources. This resource mentions the outcome of GDPR to agencies and has helpful best practices in stopping and answering data breaches.  

Another great resource is the Help guide to Data Analytics and also the Australian Privacy Concepts. Data analytics or discussing data between agencies was probably the most discussed topics during the round table discussion, and these activities can frequently pose a substantial effect on a person’s privacy otherwise handled accordingly. 

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