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    Quote Originally Posted by washed up contractor View Post
    GDPR is just like Y2K. Big Data is similar imho.!
    I think this is a common misconception. GDPR compliance will have new entrants for the forseable future, companies entering EU market for first time etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by washed up contractor View Post
    GDPR is just like Y2K. Big Data is similar imho.
    Nope.

    A lot of people are gearing up to ask companies to remove them once this kicks in. Unfortunately lots of companies have very messy systems.....
    "Youíre just a bad memory who doesnít know when to go away" JR

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    Nope.

    A lot of people are gearing up to ask companies to remove them once this kicks in. Unfortunately lots of companies have very messy systems.....
    That is a very astute point made very clearly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by washed up contractor View Post
    GDPR is just like Y2K. Big Data is similar imho.

    I can see testing as a contracting opportunity all but dieing except for niche areas as companies look to make TA \ Snr TA roles permanent placements rather than contract. If you dont have automation skills, better get training!
    Anyone managed to switch to GDPR roles from other sectors of IT? Or is this mostly the job domain of managers or project coordinators with either PRINCE2/ITIL qualifications?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCountryContractor View Post
    Anyone managed to switch to GDPR roles from other sectors of IT? Or is this mostly the job domain of managers or project coordinators with either PRINCE2/ITIL qualifications?
    GDPR is the domain of InfoSec and DPO within Risk/Governance/Compliance. PM is important in an appropriately sized organisation but in my experience it’s a bonus and depends on org exposure etc.

    I work as a contracting CISO and my client base is comprised of management consultancies needing a cyber strategist, quick Cyber / IS assessments and audits and, for the occasional interesting / challenging client, longer-term role filling.

    GDPR was the first time my career path and specialist lawyers’ paths joined and at one memorable recruitment event it was a ‘look across the table and crikey we’re in the same job’ moment. Probably many years too late and I support GDPR 100%.

    To properly be useful at GDPR therefore does require a few years exposure to either InfoSec audits (PCI etc) or GRC. Anyone can pass the practitioner exam (you can do it at home if you ask IT Governance) but you might get found out.**

    What I don’t support is the (my) so-called professional bodies*(ISACA, ISC2 etc) farming out Risk and GDPR qualifications to grad trainees from the integrators so they can be charged out at >£2k a day to tell my clients that they need a ‘data dictionary with full path consent’ (that’s not verbatim because the real wording was proprietory to a firm which might want to employ me in future).

    * because we cannot be barred from doing our day job by our Profession.

    **equally, many folks will and no doubt are blagging it to the n’th deg

    Ooh that felt good :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCountryContractor View Post
    Anyone managed to switch to GDPR roles from other sectors of IT? Or is this mostly the job domain of managers or project coordinators with either PRINCE2/ITIL qualifications?
    My track was CCIE Sec in the days when it actually meant something, then a long grueling slog of interim CxO roles, mostly in Asia and Africa, then a permit CIO role in Spain.

    Silly person has laid out the formal stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clearedforlanding View Post
    My track was CCIE Sec in the days when it actually meant something, then a long grueling slog of interim CxO roles, mostly in Asia and Africa, then a permit CIO role in Spain.

    Silly person has laid out the formal stuff.
    Mine was military then City and accountancy but - and I think this for my career was crucial and Especially as a contractor - soon as I’d be on a project or contract (Y2K) and something came up I didn’t understand I’d blag it then I’d bugger after contract to India (NT MCSE) and (goa) CCNP and US (Offsec) and have a great time keeping up at the front end of my line of work. Now I present more and generally choose assignments but...it’s about investing in oneself.

    Edited to add - and getting on with *everyone* on site. Hard yards sometimes but it’s got to be that way to support your future a a contractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SillyPerson View Post
    Mine was military then City and accountancy but - and I think this for my career was crucial and Especially as a contractor - soon as Iíd be on a project or contract (Y2K) and something came up I didnít understand Iíd blag it then Iíd bugger after contract to India (NT MCSE) and (goa) CCNP and US (Offsec) and have a great time keeping up at the front end of my line of work. Now I present more and generally choose assignments but...itís about investing in oneself.

    Edited to add - and getting on with *everyone* on site. Hard yards sometimes but itís got to be that way to support your future a a contractor.
    aka passforsure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clearedforlanding View Post
    aka passforsure.
    The NT one in Mumbai was certainly 'assisted' but the Cisco one in Goa was 100% legit and very good training. I paid for the one-to-one option or OPI (Own Personal Indian)

    After NT in 2000 I came back to the UK and first interview question was, 'So, tell us about Active Directory' :-)

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