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Leadership in the cyber warfare era: Formulating a data breach reporting and management strategy
This paper focuses on one of the fundamental requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), namely the duty to inform data protection regulators and users promptly when there has been breach of user data. It notes that many corporate leaders fear this requirement, which is generally viewed as an unnecessary expense on the organisation. It argues, however, that responsible leaders must embrace this requirement and view it not as a threat but an opportunity to continuously improve their systems. It posits that responsible leaders must not fear this, whether they are governed by the GDPR or not. The paper highlights, with some examples, the major data breaches that have compromised user information in arguing that while investment in robust end-to-end security systems is imperative, it cannot guarantee against data breach due to the increasing sophistication of both state and non-state hackers. It analyses some reasons why many leaders often try to conceal data breach and concludes by proffering some advice, backed by practical examples of how responsible leadership can formulate novel and holistic data breach reporting and management strategies that go beyond the traditional crisis management and continuity models.
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Garikai Chimuka is a test engineer working on the eDossier project at Sopra Steria, the system integrator at the European Patent Office. He holds an MSc from Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of London, along with various IT certifications including ISTQB Agile, ISTQB Software Testing, TMAP NEXT Test Engineer, Cloud Credential Associate as well as Data Protection and Privacy. Furthermore, he holds a Diploma in Accounting and Business (ACCA) and the Certificate in Investments (CFA Institute). He is currently studying for the LLM with the University of London.