Data Protection Officers are in high demand. Is your company ready?

May is coming and the GDPR is approaching. Make sure that you and your team are ready to comply with it.

Data Protection Officers are in high demand. Is your company ready?

With the fast approaching deadline of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Officers (DPO) professionals are suddenly the hottest properties around. The specialists are saying that the new regulation is the biggest shake-up of personal data privacy since the birth of the internet.

Global technology companies, domestic firms and the public sector in Ireland are already looking for data protection officers to help to comply with GDPR. It is a vacancy that isn’t easy to fill as the professionals are in high demand and not enough people are yet qualified to take these roles. The last survey conducted by Ernest & Young showed that 54% of the Irish businesses are not ready to comply with the regulation!

According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) more than 28000 will be needed in Europe due to GDPR, and approximately 75000 globally. The need for DPO’s is expected to be particularly high in any data-rich industries, such as technology, but the demand is likely to permeate through the economy.

Paul Jordan, from IAPP (The International Association of Privacy Professionals) explains the article 37-39 related to the necessity of Data Professional Officers. “DPO’s are to ensure compliance within organisations. They must be appointed for all public authorities and for companies where the core activities are regularly and systematically monitor data subjects on a large scale, or process on a large scale special category of data “

What does ‘core activities’ and ‘large-scale’ mean?

Core Activities are the key operations necessary to achieve business goals + processing which forms an inextricable part of the business activity. Large scale is considered processing operations which aim to process considerable amounts of personal data at national, regional or supranational level, which shall affect a large number of data subjects and which are likely to result in a higher risk.

The DPO can be someone allocated in house or outsourced, since they are able to answer and provide all the information required by the regulator. This is an important point about the position of the DPO inside the company, the role will be monitored by the regulator and rather than the board of directors or similar position. So, it is a key aspect to keep the independence factor.

Why appointing a DPO is important?

Besides the financial impact and the fines that everybody is talking about, there is the reputational impact at risk here as well. The latest data breaches in 2017 are the proof that a brand can suffer an extremely negative impact when it happens. We can sum up the 3 key risks impacts of not complying with the GDPR: financial, regulatory and reputational impact.

How to get ready for this demand?

If you work in the security area or even if is looking for a change in your career, the data protection officer could be an option to be considered. Once the regulation has taken place the demand will be even higher, as the companies will realise the real need of a professional to deal with it.  At New Horizons Ireland we offer GDPR training according to your needs. Check out our course options and choose the best option for your needs.

Click the link below to see all our GDPR courses

GDPR Certifications

Certified Information Privacy Professional


The “what” of privacy, and why you need it.

  • Legal
  • Compliance
  • Information Management
  • Data Governance
  • Human Resources

Duration: 2 days


  • Exam
  • IAPP membership
  • Official training

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Certified Information Privacy Manager


The “how” of privacy operations, and why you need it.

  • Risk Management
  • Privacy Operations
  • Accountability
  • Audit
  • Privacy Analytics

Duration: 2 days


  • Exam
  • IAPP membership
  • Official training

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Certified Information Privacy Technologist


The “how” of privacy and technology, and why you need it.

  • Information Technology
  • Information Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Privacy by Design 

Duration: 2 days


  • Exam
  • IAPP membership
  • Official training

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Other Popular GDPR courses

The GDPR Primer for Data Protection Officers
2 Days

  • The social, historical and legal background leading to the general data protection regulation (GDPR)
  • Principle one: the criteria governing fair, open and transparent processing of personal data
  • The role of the data protection officer (DPO)
  • The remedies, liabilities and penalties available under the gdpr
  • Provisions for specific processing situations
  • Preparing for implementation of the GDPR

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