This month we held one of our biggest events – the 7N Danish Kick-Off. We finished this year’s Kick-Off with an inspiring speech by Professor Aaron Quigley, Chair of Human Computer Interaction at St Andrews University: Discreet Computing and the Future of Humanity. Aaron’s talk focused on the future of computing and the interaction between computing devices and individuals. The talk provided the 7N audience with an exclusive peek into what the future of computing may look like, namely ‘Discreet Computing’. Aaron described discreet computing as intentionally unobtrusive through its design, development and use, and further stated that aspects of wearable, invisible, ambient and ubiquitous computing are key, as discreet computing is woven into the literal or figurative fabric of day to day life. Aaron presented lots of promising devices and concepts that have immense potential, when applied within different commercial or industrial contexts. Aaron also touched upon some of the ethical questions related to the use of discrete computing, and discussed what ethical consequences may appear, when we remove parts reality, changing people’s behavior without them knowing.
We are thrilled to see that Aaron Quigley was featured in The Times last week with an article describing the phenomenon known as “change blindness”, which he, among other things, presented for us at the 7N Kick-Off. Read The Times' article here.
Besides Kick-Off, 7N consultants had the opportunity this month to attend a General Data Protection Regulation course at the 7N Copenhagen office. Here, the participants gained knowledge of the GDPR and understanding of how it will affect them. Topics that were covered included general principles and basic concepts of GDPR, key actors under the GDPR and their role, obligations of data controllers and processors, and compliance mechanisms. Additionally, the course focused on the gap between data security and data responsibility, and on creating an understanding of where and when GDPR applies and an understanding of the difference between common and sensitive personal data.
For the After-Hours meeting this April we invited Compliance and InfoSec Consultant, Michael Christensen to give a talk: Security in IT Development. Based on concrete examples and cases, Michael gave the participants an insight into the new and sharpened security and privacy requirements. He described, among other things, the so-called ‘threat catalogs’ and security tests, and made participants more aware of the common errors (OWASP) and cyber-attack techniques that exists. Michael specifically highlighted article 25 and 32 as being important to be considered, when you have a role as a developer or a project manager. Furthermore, he described the crucial role "awareness training" of employees may have, preparing employees to be aware of any kind of cyber-attack.
If you are interested to learn more about IT Security, read one of Michael's papers here.