Avani Desai

January 4 - Avani Desai headshotAvani Desai is Principal Privacy Leader and EVP of Schellman & Company, Inc. She previously served as Principal and Executive Vice President at BrightLine and has more than 10 years of experience in IT attestation, risk management, compliance and privacy.

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Here’s How They’re Failing The relationship between compliance officers and the company’s top leadership is a hot one these days, and there are specific ways CEOs can be more effectively supporting compliance practitioners. It’s a complex relationship, but one bears improving in many cases. Avani Desai offers insights into just what executives can do better. When speaking with CEOs and boards of...

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the board's role in data privacy

Following the Enron scandal and others like it, Sarbanes-Oxley was passed and boards of directors were forced to include financial experts among their key decision makers at the board level and on audit committees. Avani Desai posits that a similar sea change is on the way with regard to data privacy.

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Cybersecurity – The New Normal for Boards

Cyber crime is increasing at an unprecedented rate. Reason enough for cybersecurity to be the top item on the Board’s agenda. Board members often have minimal understanding of the cyber threat landscape, however, and it’s vital for them to know who the stakeholders and experts are, the consequences of a breach and the company’s remediation plan. Does your Board have all the...

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