What Skills Do DPOs Need? GDPR Data Protection Officers
DPOs require quite a multi-disciplinary skill set.
GDPR says they must be designated on the basis of professional qualities and, in particular, expert knowledge of data protection law and practices. They must be able to fulfil the designated tasks.
A DPO will require technical skillsets relating to data privacy and data security, including the associated assessment of risks and controls.
Soft skills are also important, in order for them to:
- Engage all levels of the business, from reporting to the Board, to engaging with technical and operational teams
- Advise, assess and educate the business
- Guide colleagues to improve their processes and behaviours