Learn How To Protect Your Site From A Serious Data Attack


With data security the hot topic in the dating industry at the moment, the Online Dating Association has announced a seminar all about protecting your site from harmful security breaches.

The event is held in partnership with leading service and consultancy provider Data IQ, and will give attendees practical advice and guidance on how to prevent such incidents.

Companies will also receive advice on how to monitor activity for risk, and how to deal with a data loss if it does happen.

Although the one day event was planned long before the Ashley Madison attack that has made headlines around the world, George Kidd from the Online Dating Association said the breach: “brings home the importance of data protection. It is core to every dating service.

“That’s reflected in the ODA Code. The ICO was our very first regulatory contact and data protection law was the subject of a member briefing soon after we launched.

“A workshop totally focused on the practicalities of managing and safeguarding data was a priority for this year and we are delighted to have Data IQ’s input. My message to ODA members was that this is an absolutely key issue, and a session not to be missed. I meant it.”

The one hour briefing is with Christine Andrews, MD of Data IQ Consulting and joint owner of Data IQ, a leading data governance, research, audit and advisory business formed in 1996.

The ODA said: “Christine works extensively in the industry, speaking at many conferences and events on the importance of data protection, security and overall data governance, as well as solutions for companies wishing to maximise the value of data within their organisations.”

The September session will also cover the following:

  • Practical support around data security, including outsourcing.
  • Preventative actions and penetration testing.
  • Consequences of things going wrong.
  • Insurance/crisis PR/breach notification plan.
  • Data retention policies and data destruction.
  • Standards and support: government cyber essentials, ISO27001.

The event takes place on Thursday 10th September at 5pm, in a central London location that is to be confirmed.

The event is free to ODA members, and carries a charge of £20 for non-members.

To enquire about attending please contact Ann Austin from the ODA here.