Nerushka Bowan

Technology and privacy lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright

Nerushka Bowan, technology and privacy lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright

Nerushka Bowan is a privacy and technology lawyer based in Johannesburg. She is a co-chair of the Johannesburg chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has experience with various data privacy matters for a number of international and local clients. During 2014, she gained invaluable experience working with global data privacy experts at Norton Rose Fulbright's London and Melbourne offices. Her international experience allows her to give clients practical advice in implementing local privacy compliance programs and has also assisted greatly in the development of an innovative online privacy compliance tool, POPI Counsel.

She regularly speaks at events and conferences, and publishes blogs and articles on various privacy, social media and technology-related matters. She is a contributor to the Norton Rose Fulbright's global Data Protection Report blog and the global co-editor of the firm's Social Media Law Bulletin blog.

Nerushka Bowan will be speaking on the following topic:

Legal perspective: Why 'digital risk' needs a seat on the board

Digital risk is not just an IT issue. Not everyone can be a technical cyber security expert, but it is your responsibility to be able to ask the right questions to understand digital risk, so you can make informed decisions for the company.

  • Every business is a digital business
    • Across industries, more devices are becoming sensorised, connected and intelligent. This increases the amount of data collected. In this digital age, can you distinguish between internal and external digital business risks? Do you know what the digital risks specific to your industry are? Do you understand the regulatory framework in which your digital business operates? Do you know the ethical questions that need to be asked when implementing new technologies?
  • Hackers gonna hack
    • Cyber crime statistics are on the rise. It is no longer a matter of 'if' you will be hacked, but when. Do you know what security measures are in place to mitigate this risk? Consequences of a data breach are not only a hefty fine – your business' brand and reputation are at stake. In addition to being hacked, are you aware of the other contributing factors to data breaches, such as employee risk?
  • Ignorance is not a defence
    • King III and IV place increasing digital risk responsibility on the board. Are you up to date with the latest technology trends within your industry as well as generally? Are you aware of the digital risks associated with technology implemented in your business?

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