In this digital age, the issues related to information privacy and security are vast, growing greater in number and increasingly complex. As specialists and professionals in the field, we at Protected Trust need and want to stay on top of our game, to be fully aware of any and all new privacy-related regulations and compliance procedures, and to keep our education sharp.

For those reasons, our team will be attending and participating in the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit this week (March 6-8) at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Our objective is to understand the privacy “market,” so to speak; the persona of a privacy professional; and what concerns our colleagues in the field have about the privacy world.

The IAPP Global Privacy Summit, the largest meeting of its kind in the world, is held annually, giving those in the privacy community a grand opportunity to meet, learn and exchange ideas.

For some insight into the privacy issues the summit will address, here are just a few of the meeting topics and workshop titles:

Topics: Big Data/Cloud, Conversations in Privacy, Financial Services, Global/International, Governance/Risk Management, Government, Healthcare/Pharma, Information Security, Marketing/Online and Social Media, and Mobile and Emerging Technologies.

Workshops:

• Healthcare Privacy Super Day

• Consumer Perspectives on Privacy: A Global View

• The DIYer’s Guide to Building Consensus among Stakeholders After a Data Breach

• Getting Results: 13 Proven Tips for Managing an Effective Privacy Program

• In the Dark: Financial Privacy in the Digital Age

• A Look Under the Hood: Examining Big Data Beyond OBA (Online Behavioral Advertising)

• EU (European Union) Data Protection Bootcamp

• A Primer on Privacy Engineering

• Privacy Bootcamp

• State of the (International Privacy) Union 2013

• Surviving Data Breach in the Digital Age

In addition, we’ll be hearing from some of the top experts in privacy, highly educated practitioners, world-class speakers and writers, and a select group of people in the federal government. In fact, the keynote speaker is scheduled to be Edith Ramirez, President Obama’s choice to be the next chairman of the Federal Trade.

We’re looking forward to attending the privacy summit, soaking up a lot of new and relevant information and coming back to put what we learn into practice.