Managing Privacy and Data Security - Data Protection Officer (DPO-HSG)

Executive School of Management, Technology and Law

Executive School of Management, Technology and Law


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Who should attend

This programme is aimed at individuals who are exposed to or engage with data protection topics on a regular basis and who wish to quickly gain a solid and comprehensive understanding of the field and deepen their expertise in a broad range of areas. It combines condensed training in the fundamentals of data protection and privacy law with a subsequent intensive learning phase in which participants gain further expertise.

Working in both the private sector and public administration, as there is no specific industry focus. This includes employees responsible for processing personal data and complying with data protection laws and standards. This programme is recommended for the following people:

  • Compliance and legal professionals
  • Data protection practitioners and specialists
  • DPO candidates or newly appointed DPOs
  • IT managers, officers and specialists
  • Information security managers, officers and specialists Risk management professionals
  • Auditors and controllers
  • Marketing managers and professionals
  • Consultants
  • Managing directors

About the course

Understand data protection and its implications for your business with this part-time, multi-level executive education programme.

Data protection matters have become a regular topic for SMEs as well as for executive committees in big companies. Due to the robustness of technical advancement and social change in response to digital transformation, the security of personal data is now a worldwide serious challenge. Combined with the increased data privacy demands of individuals, many Swiss companies acknowledge data privacy as a competitive advantage. The compromising of sensitive personal and also business data such as financial, intellectual property, and other privileged information is an event that no business wants to experience.

We offer an encompassing and up-to-date executive programme for professionals to develop their understanding of data protection law by looking at contemporary issues in daily lectures and interactive workshops.

As we ensure that the DPO-HSG Programme remains relevant to professional practice, we also look at the issues raised by common technologies and services such as AI, IoT, electronic communications, cloud computing, and mobile services, among many others.


Key Features and Hightlights of the DPO-HSG Programme

An interdisciplinary and interactive programme for practitioners based on four separate modules designed to meet your individual needs and take your level of data protection knowledge into account.

Guided journey: foundational knowledge with relevant deep dives Expertise: over 30 international speakers from 10 countries Impact: transfer knowledge into practice Broad coverage: basics of Swiss and international law Interdisciplinary: legal, regulatory, technology and management Modular: modules can be completed individually Flexible: start with any module at your preferred time Part-time: no interruption of you professional career Blended learning: modules take place on site and online

Programme Benefits

Recognised: collect ECTS points and expand your studies Life-long-learning: stay up to date with regular refreshers Networking: get to know your peers and learn about their challenges


Excursion (1 day)

Fundamentals of Data Protection (5 days)

In this interactive one-week programme, participants will learn the fundamentals and develop a comprehensive overview of data protection law and regulations. The learning is enhanced by looking at current issues and working on case studies as part of daily lectures and practical workshops. Expertise and self-confidence are increased when it comes to assessing data protection issues from different perspectives and discussing relevant challenges with experts.

Module 1 is ideal in particular for those with a non-legal background who are interested in building a quick and solid foundation in the area of data protection and privacy law. This module can be booked as a single module.

Data as an asset, data as a right (3 days)

Participants will gain the cross-functional expertise necessary to carry out their role more effectively. This module provides a legal perspective on management programmes, IT execution and other relevant areas. Participants are equipped with relevant information and tools for specific situations and will learn effective ways of complying with data subject rights.

Data Governance (4 days)

In this four-day programme, participants will gain knowledge and expertise regarding the professional implementation of legal regulations and documentation processes. They will also obtain practical information about the international transfer of personal data, how to set up processes for privacy programme governance and how to handle a data breach.

Data Security (3 days)

Participants will learn to understand and engage critically with their practical knowledge and handling of data and cybersecurity. They are equipped with mechanisms for implementing security principles by becoming familiar with the fundamentals of cybersecurity and related technical measures, and will be encouraged to engage with their own role in privacy and security matters as a leader in their workplace.

The fourth module of the DPO-HSG programme is an interactive three-day session.


Samir Aliyev

Samir Aliyev is a courageous advocate for data privacy and cyber security . The exciting technological innovations and digitalization gives him an opportunity to design privacy and security into the global business process. Building sustainable privacy programs and finding pragmatic and business-...

Marc Holitscher

I am a diplomat. But not in the usual sense of the word. Or because I did my PhD in International Relations. My passion is to liaise between stakeholders in the technology and business sector: I explain to business decision makers the advanced scenarios made possible by Cloud Computing and how th...

Katerina Mitrokotsa

I am a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Formerly, I held positions as a visiting professor at the department of Computer Science at ETHZ, a visiting associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology and a visiting s...

Caroline Perriard

Entrepreneur: A decade in a multinational environment gave me the confidence to embrace an entrepreneur life with BRANDIT Legal in Digital. I now advise clients on legal risks to move their business projects forward. Expert: In today's digital transformation of the companies, my strengths relate...

Jacob Mendel

An accomplished executive with over two decades of experience in Emerging Businesses, specializing in the fields of Cybersecurity (Software & Hardware), Marketing, Business Development, Program & Product Management and High-end Cybersecurity engineering. History of leading advanced innova...

Anna Pouliou

Anna Pouliou is the Head of Privacy at Chanel. She is based in Paris and her team provides advice on privacy legal, regulatory and policy issues globally. She is also one of the 27 members of the GDPR Multi-stakeholder Expert Group advising the European Commission on the Implementation of the GDP...

Richard Magnan

As an experienced computer scientist and lawyer, I bridge the gap between information technology and legal to provide risk-based determinations of the cyber security needed by the company and to provide business oriented risk analyses to the board of directors to justify the cyber security measur...

Elif Kiesow Cortez

Dr. Elif Kiesow Cortez is a senior lecturer and researcher in data protection and privacy regulation in the International and European Law Program at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), Netherlands. Elif is the coordinator of the Legal Technology Minor and the Cybersecurity Minor at...

Jyn Schultze-Melling

Jyn is an internationally recognized data and privacy law expert. He joined EY in Berlin, where he's a partner with EY Law, to return to his advisory roots, counselling his clients as a DPO Coach and advising them regarding all aspects of legal and regulatory requirements to successfully work wit...

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