July 2017 Monthly Meeting

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Topic I - Prepare for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Discussion to understand “Journey to GDPR Compliance”, the session will cover:

  •      What is GDPR?
  •      What does GDPR Compliance Roadmap looks like? and
  •      What you have to expect in GDPR audit.  

Dhawal Thakker is a Senior Manager – Cyber Risk with Grant Thornton LLP in their San Jose office. Dhawal has over 18 years of experience in the information systems and security field with a varied background in information security, GRC, cyber security, cyber response, data privacy, regulatory compliance, risk management, and general technology issues. Along with strong technical skills, utilizes a business-centered approach to solving technology problems by addressing root causes instead of technical symptoms.

Before Grant Thornton Dhawal has spent 16 years with Big4 and over the year he has Served as consultant to numerous Fortune 500 organizations across industry verticals, working with wide array of Senior Executives, including Board of Directors, Audit Committees, and “C” level executives.


Topic 2: 

Common Controls Framework @ Adobe – A Case Study



Security and compliance teams have to deal with the relentless onslaught of security attacks, complexities of protecting dynamic infrastructure, ever increasing stakeholder expectations and customer needs. This is further exacerbated by the countless regulatory requirements, competing priorities, and organizational silos and acquisitions resulting in compliance chaos. Adobe’s Cloud Compliance strategy via the Adobe Common Controls Framework (CCF) played a critical role in this successful transformation. The Common Controls Framework (CCF) Case Study addresses the following questions faced by compliance programs:

  • How do you strategically position your organization to purse compliance requirements and adding value to the overall organization?
  • How Adobe’s Cloud Strategy drove the need for a Common Controls Framework?
  • How to implement a framework such as CCF to ensure ongoing compliance and reduce the ongoing challenges faced by your organization to operate on the controls?


Justin Brower & Rahat Sethi work with the Adobe Risk Advisory and Assurance Services group and have been instrumental in implementing  the Common Controls Framework at Adobe across various Business Units. Justin has an extensive audit and compliance background working as a consultant for several years assisting clients with SOX, SOC 1/2, ISO, HIPAA and PCI compliance prior to joining Adobe’s Risk Advisory and Assurance Services group. Rahat is a former security researcher adept at leading and carrying out red team exercises and now focuses on advisory and assurance aspects of Information Security Compliance at Adobe.



Biltmore Hotel and Suites 
2151 Laurelwood Rd
Santa Clara,, CA 95054

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT
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