'Organisations and businesses must be fully transparent on data'

Ervia's chief information officer Ashling Cunningham on the challenges companies will face as the deadline to become GDPR compliant draws closer

6th November, 2017
Ashling Cunningham, Ervia's chief information officer

What's your name?

Ashling Cunningham

What position do you hold?

Chief information officer, Ervia

How long have you held the position?

Approximately 10 years

What are your day-to-day responsibilities?

Responsible for all areas of ICT including:

- IT strategy development and implementation

- Enterprise IT security

- Enterprise IT data and information

- Innovation management

- IT policy definition

- Enterprise architecture across the group

- IT finance performance

- Portfolio prioritisation

- Strategic vendor and contract management

- Supporting and executing enterprise goals

What is your professional background?

I'm a business and IT executive with an IT and finance background. I hold an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College, Dublin and before joining Ervia I worked as an independent consultant specialising in the implementation of financial software systems.

Tell me about yourself away from work?

Hectic family life with three-year-old twins, there is not enough time or energy in my days…

Tell us something very few people know about you?

I sing a lot, when I’m alone.

You are speaking at our GDPR Summit in December. What are you speaking about?

I’m on the panel discussion 'GDPR – making it real', where we will be discussing the issues and challenges organisations will face as they prepare and plan for GDPR compliance.

What major challenges do you see for organisations implementing the new regulation?

The requirement for organisations and businesses to be fully transparent about how they use and protect personal data, and how they will demonstrate accountability and compliance for their processing activities.

Ashling Cunningham is appearing at The GDPR Summit. The agenda and further details for this important national event at Croke Park on December 5th, is available at www.gdpr17.com

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