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06 Apr 2017

IDC Beefs Up European Security and Compliance Coverage With Key Hires as GDPR Approaches

LONDON, 6 April 2017 - IDC is pleased to announce that Martin Whitworth and Dr Kuan Hon have joined the European Security and Privacy team helmed by Duncan Brown. These two key new hires add further expertise in data security, the CISO agenda, and the impact of GDPR and other legislation.

“Martin Whitworth is an established and proven security leader with extensive information security and risk management experience across many sectors. Kuan Hon is a guru in data protection law and security, particularly the impact of emerging privacy legislation and regulation on the technology sector,” said Duncan Brown, Associate Vice President, European Security. “Both will make excellent additions to the team, expanding our reach and coverage to meet our clients' needs in this dynamic sector.”

Whitworth will lead IDC's market-leading analysis of the impact of GDPR on enterprises and technology vendors. He has served as CISO and senior security leader for several blue chip organizations, including Hitachi Capital, Coventry Building Society, Steria Group, UK Payments Council, British Energy/EDF Nuclear Generation, and GMAC. In these roles he developed and executed a variety of security strategies and programs, and he has extensive experience successfully engaging business and board-level stakeholders.

"Martin is a strong addition to the team as he brings a CISO's insight, which will enhance our pan-European CISO community engagement," said Brown. "We are delighted to have him join the team and to lead our newly launched European Privacy & Data Security research program."

Dr Hon joins IDC as an adjunct Research Director in the European Privacy and Data Security practice, while maintaining a role at a London law firm. She is a specialist in data protection law and security, and a GDPR expert, and will inject her substantial insight and experience into IDC's research and consulting activities. In addition to her legal background, where she is an expert in cloud law, she is an Editor of the Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy, a Fellow of the Open Data Institute and a member of the PRISMACLOUD user advisory board.

"Kuan brings a unique dimension to the IDC team," said Brown. "Her legal brain adds an essential depth of knowledge on all things GDPR, and creates a substantial differentiator for us in the GDPR advisory arena."

Hon was a member of the British Computer Society’s Information Privacy Expert Panel 2015-2017 and is an invited observer for CISPE. She regularly speaks at events, having presented for CERN, the Cloud Security Alliance and ENISA. She is the author of Data Localization Laws and Policy (May 2017) and was lead author of eight chapters of Cloud Computing Law.

Martin Whitworth will attend IDC’s CISO Summit November.

Both Martin and Dr Kuan Hon will present at IDC’s Breakfast Briefing at InfoSec – hold the date: 7th June, Hilton London Olympia

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+44 20 8987 7100