Privacy laws present opportunities

Privacy laws present opportunities

The need to comply with new Federal privacy laws is forcing corporates to pay more attention to how they handle customer data, with subsequent opportunities for the channel, a recent survey has shown.

The survey, released last week by consultancy Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the Dimension Data group (formerly Com Tech), measured senior IT and business managers' understanding of privacy issues and evaluated their organisations' readiness for compliance with the Privacy Amendment Act 2000 by the December 21 deadline.

While major corporations are making preparations in order to meet the compliance deadline, the survey shows that most large companies have yet to resolve some of the more challenging aspects of the new privacy law.

According to Martin Aungle, online marketing manager of Dimension Data Australia, the new privacy law offers plenty of opportunities for channel companies in the security space. These companies should look at providing a solution that addresses the compliance requirements, he said.

"We've partnered with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu on an IT security offering that consists of compliance checks and systems impact assessments that look at what an organisation needs to do in terms of securing personal information to be compliant."

According to Aungle, the new laws also present opportunities outside the services arena. Channel companies offering VPN, CRM, ERP or storage solutions should look at offering privacy-complaint solutions.

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