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October 29, 2013

European Union Directives: What You Need to Know

Recorded Live Event: October 29, 2013
Start Time:
3:00 p.m. Central European, 2:00 p.m. London, 10:00 a.m. US-Eastern, 7:00 a.m. US-Pacific

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Web Conference Overview:

As the EU considers new cybersecurity directives, those based in Europe, as well as those who have business dealings in member countries, must understand the nature and impact of these directives. At the ISSA European Conference - London 2013, Ann-Sofie Ronnlund, European Commission directorate-general for communication networks, content and technology said, "We need to work together to counteract the cyber risks and the incidents that are happening cross-border. We need to ensure a safe and resilient digital environment in respect of fundamental rights and EU core values.” On October 29, please join leading experts as they share their insights on these new policies.


Chris Gow

Chair of DIGITAL EUROPE’s Privacy and Security Group and Vice-Chair of the Digital Economy Policy Group.

Chris Gow is Cisco’s European lead for security policy in Government Affairs. He joined Cisco in early 2008 and alongside security, plays an active role in the Government Affairs team on privacy, spectrum, cloud, trade and tech policy. He is currently the Chair of DIGITAL EUROPE’s Privacy and Security Group and Vice-Chair of the Digital Economy Policy Group. Prior to Cisco, he was responsible for campaign strategies and digital economy policy work at EICTA (now DIGITAL EUROPE). Chris first joined the Brussels scene in 2003 as an Assistant to a Member of the European Parliament, working on internal market and legal affairs issues. Chris studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.

Leonie Power

Senior Associate, Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Privacy and Information Law Group

Leonie Power is a Senior Associate in Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Privacy and Information Law Group. Leonie was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 1997 and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2000.

Leonie provides strategic and practical advice on the full range of data protection and e-compliance issues affecting business operations and has particular expertise in the area of international data warehousing arrangements, data security compliance, e-marketing and employee monitoring. She has provided advice to a wide range of businesses across the retail, premiership football, telecommunications, construction, media and financial services sectors.

Leonie has completed a number of successful secondments including for a global financial services group where she worked as part of a team to update internal audit controls concerning data security. She also spent time on secondment with a major retail group and a well-known media brand, advising on data protection and security matters. Over a period of a number of years, Leonie was retained as data protection adviser by the same retail organisation and a major provider of educational services to advise on business-as-usual data protection compliance as well as the privacy compliance issues affecting new projects.

Leonie has a particular focus in the media & entertainment, financial institutions, retail and technology& communications sectors.

Leonie has spoken on data protection and privacy issues in the UK and abroad and provided specialist training in this field. In addition to her data protection expertise, Leonie also holds a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from Nottingham University.

Geoff Harris - UK Chapter
Session Moderator


Geoff Harris is an ISSA Fellow and one of the founding members of the UK chapter. Geoff has served on the UK management team/board of directors since 2003, was the UK chapter President 2007-2010 and now serves in the roles of UK chapter Management Counsel & Advisory Board member.

In 2011 Geoff was elected to the ISSA International Board as Director. During his term in office on the ISSA International Board, Geoff led the delivery of the first ISSA international security conference in Europe – ISSA London 2013 European Conference, CISO Executive Briefing & European Chapter Leaders Summit.

With a background in secure military communications system design, Geoff has been involved in electronic and information systems security for over 30 years. Geoff formed Alderbridge Consulting in 1997, which has provided information security professional services to telecommunications, finance, media, national law enforcement, and other UK government bodies. Geoff has recently worked on major UK central government projects in roles of security accreditation consultant and security architect. He founded Alderbridge Network Recruitment in 1998, a leading specialist recruitment agency for information security professionals. Alderbridge takes pride in helping individuals to progress their careers in the industry and has helped many leading organizations build their information security teams.

Geoff has presented papers and chaired many information security events across the European region including Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and throughout the UK. He sits on several UK & European security advisory boards, all helping to shape and develop the future of information security.


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