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CNS Group Chairman & Cyber Security expert Kevin Dowd speaks to travel industry heads on GDPR

by Giulia Foss | 29 Sep 2017

03 October 2017 – CNS Group, one of the country’s leading cyber security service providers delivering services into government and the private sector, was recently invited to speak at the GTMC’s Strategy Group Forum, a key event in the travel industry calendar.

Kevin Dowd, renowned cyber security expert and chairman of CNS Group, provided a key note session on the topic of GDPR to travel industry heads at the GTMC event.

The GTMC is the only representative body for Travel Management Companies (TMCs) and the business travel community in the UK. These TMCs account for around 80 per cent of all managed travel booked in the UK. Their members range from the world’s largest TMC groups through to specialist businesses. In addition it also works with a number of industry partners representing airlines, GDSs, car-hire, hotel, rail and technology operators to support greater opportunities to network across the travel industry. With direct access to the views of more than 30,000 business travellers, the GTMC play a critical role within the industry. Their monthly strategy event provides a forum where operators within the travel industry can come together in a collaborative way.

CNS chairman Dowd’s personal experience of implementing GDPR, ISO27001, PCI and many other frameworks within some of the world’s biggest travel companies allowed him to provide a unique insight at the event, honing in on the practical application of GDPR and explaining it in a digestible manner. Dowd took attendees through the process at a high level focusing on:

  • The purpose of the GDPR legislation
  • What data the legislation applies to and how specifically this affects the travel industry
  • The principles of GDPR
  • The scope of GDPR in relation to the travel industry
  • How other companies are implementing GDPR successfully

The event was hugely successful and encouraged lots of open debate and discussion around GDPR. Due to the success of Dowd’s segment, he has now been invited to speak at the GTMC’s Domestic Conference, held on 3rd November at the Grange Hotel in St. Paul’s.

About CNS Group

CNS are an entirely UK based company of Cyber Security Specialists, who have been operating within the Public and Private sectors for nearly 20 years, providing advisory, testing and security solutions, meeting multiple standards of accreditation and providing dedicated government accredited Cyber Security services. CNS Group exists so that our clients don't have to worry about the security of their data. We do this by knowing how to worry about it for them.

To find out how CNS Group can help you achieve full GDPR compliance PLEASE GET IN CONTACT

About GTMC

The GTMC is the UK's leading professional body for travel management companies. The diverse membership accounts for over 80% of UK expenditure on managed business travel, delivering value for money and great service to business travellers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.


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