An executive briefing is essential to do early on in your data protection compliance project or programme. It is very important that you brief your executive or board correctly on the impact that data protection laws will have on your organisation. They need to have an accurate, high-level balanced view of what the law is and what the impact will be on the organisation. Some executives have read articles in the press or heard rumours, which makes them concerned. Often the concern is unfounded. It is important for the executives to be briefed properly.
They must lead the development of successful compliance programs or projects and be able to explain them to boards of directors, investors, business partners and the general public. The briefing will help executives leverage their compliance efforts into positive public relations and business benefit.
What should be covered
- An overview of the data protection laws that your organisation must comply with (for example, the GDPR or the POPI Act).
- How your organisation processes personal information
- How big is the impact?
- Your current maturity?
- What is the timeline?
- What could happen if you do not comply?
- What is the business case?
- A checklist for effective compliance leadership by the executives.
- And more …
They need to be briefed in plain language and only the big picture – the high-level view. It is often hard to give someone the high-level view – the essentials that they need to know. The presentation should be no longer than 45 minutes (plus questions) and the handout no longer than three pages.
We can help
We can help you to prepare both your briefing (or presentation) to the executives and the handout that you give them. We can also present to the executives for you if you like.
How you benefit from an executive briefing?
- Brief your board
- Get buy-in for your project
- Inform the executives of their responsibilities
Who does it apply to?
It is for all organisations.