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December 10, 2019 10:00am
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December 10, 2019 11:00am
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ICT4D Webinar Series

Security Lessons Learned and Good Practice in Data Protection

Cyberspace and the use of digital technologies are growing at a faster rate than NGOs and development agencies have been able to keep pace.

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Cyberspace and the use of digital technologies are growing at a faster rate than NGOs and development agencies have been able to keep pace. As cyber risks proliferate and new technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, or new Internet of Things applications are shaping the threat landscape, organizations are now faced with unprecedented information security and data protection concerns.

This webinar, part of a monthly series, brings together data security experts from different backgrounds to exchange first-hand insights from recent security breaches and practical tips on data protection. Speakers will weigh in on lessons learned from cyber-attack experiences, underlining that awareness and training of staff and partners and recovery capability are as important as defense.

Topics to be discussed will include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the key learnings from recent data incidents so far?
  • How to apply good practices for breach detection and reporting.
  • What are the challenges regarding the assessment of the severity of personal information security breaches?
  • Practical guidance for data incident management.
  • One year after implementing GDPR, what are the implications for compliance going forward?
  • Good practice for training staff and program partners on cybersecurity
  • Building data leadership through mentoring and open-source collaboration


Joel Urbanowicz

Director for Information Security and ICT Operations
Catholic Relief Services

Stuart Campo

Team Lead, Data Policy, Centre for Humanitarian Data
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Jay L. Manns

Data Protection Officer, Director, Information Security
Mercy Ships

Keil Hubert

Head of Security Training and Awareness
The Options Clearing Corporation


Sonja Ruetzel

ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager
Catholic Relief Services

About the speakers

Joel Urbanowicz, Director for Information Security and ICT Operations, Catholic Relief Services
Joel has actively worked in the information technology service management, governance, and operations domains for the past 11 years at private, public, and not-for-profit institutions. He has worked for 4 years at Catholic Relief Services and is responsible for strategic oversight of global information security, data protection, infrastructure, networking, communications, end user device management, and the global service desk. He is currently the co-chair of the Data Protection and Information Security Working Group at the International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) consortium NetHope. Previously, Joel was a technology consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC, and a Business Process Improvement Engineer and Data Center Manager at in Scottsdale, AZ. He received a B.A. degree in Communications from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University.

Stuart Campo, Team Lead, Data Policy, Centre for Humanitarian Data, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Stuart is also a Senior Fellow at the NYU Governance Lab (GovLab), where he advises on issues related to data responsibility in public service delivery for children. In 2017 and 2018, Stuart worked as a Researcher with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Signal Program on Human Security and Technology. In this capacity, he conducted translational research on humanitarian technologies, standards and ethics. Prior to his work with HHI, Stuart served as the Senior Innovation Deployment Specialist with UNICEF’s Global Innovation Center. In this capacity, he led globally on remote and in-country support to UNICEF and partners in the strategic adaptation and deployment of a range of innovative solutions, including real-time information platforms like RapidPro and U-Report. During his tenure at UNICEF (beginning in 2010), Stuart held extended assignments in Madagascar and South Sudan, and supported the design and activation of innovation initiatives in over 35 countries. Stuart has extensive experience supporting the deployment of innovative solutions that bridge the humanitarian-development divide supporting national system-strengthening for improved decision-making and results for children at scale. Prior to joining UNICEF, Stuart worked with Straight Talk Foundation—a leading health and development communication NGO in Uganda. Stuart studied Politics at Princeton University, and is currently based in the Netherlands.

Jay L. Manns, Data Protection Officer, Director, Information Security, Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships operates an 80-bed hospital ship off the coast of Africa 10 months at a time. It is crewed by people from over 50 countries around the world and is funded by private donations from 16 national offices. Jay’s interests and areas of expertise are in Data Privacy, Information Security, Regulatory Compliance, Disaster Planning and High Availability Data Center Operations.

Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services
Sonja is leading the ICT4D Conference on behalf of CRS and co-facilitating this monthly webinar series. Before joining the Global Knowledge and Information Management team at CRS, she was the Event & Program Director of the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF). Sonja has over 15 years’ experience researching and managing global conferences, training courses, webinars, as well as reports and whitepapers in a wide range of industries, including finance, legal, health, technology, public and non-for-profit sectors. Prior to following her passion for professional development events, Sonja worked as researcher and editor at consultancy Control Risks. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from University of Constance, Germany.

Keil Hubert, Head of Security Training and Awareness, The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC)
OCC is the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining OCC, Keil has been a U.S. Army medical IT officer, a U.S.A.F. Cyberspace Operations officer, a small businessman, an author, and several different variations of commercial sector IT consultant.

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