Irish information security provider, Ward Solutions, has invested €300,000 to launch a new GDPR consultancy service for Irish businesses.
Any company that processes personal data will soon be required to comply with GDPR, and failure to demonstrate compliance could lead to companies facing fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover, depending on which is greater.
The new service that Ward Solutions is offering aims to help organisations around Ireland to achieve and demonstrate compliance with incoming General Data Protection Regulation, due to come into force on 25th May next year. Ward has established a dedicated team of fifteen consultants to deliver the service and is forecasting that it will generate €500,000 in new revenue from this new service in the first 12 months.
The launch of the service represents a €300,000 investment for Ward, in employee training, certification and new hires. The company’s team of consultants have attained GDPR-specific certifications such as the Certified Data Protection Practitioner from ICS Skills, the EU General Data Protection Regulation Certificate from the International Board for IT Governance and the Certificate in Data Protection Practice from the Law Society of Ireland.
Speaking this week, Chief Technology Officer at Ward Solutions, Paul Hogan said, "With GDPR looming on the horizon, there are huge fines in play for any organisation that fails to demonstrate compliance. This new GDPR consultancy service from Ward Solutions will enable Irish companies to identify what personal data they are processing, where it is located and what their legal justifications for processing are. This will allow organisations to establish whether or not the manner in which they process personal data is compliant with GDPR."
He added, "Ward can also deliver a data protection programme to address any shortcomings, and put the necessary governance and accountability structures in place to enable organisations to achieve and demonstrate compliance."