Patrick O’Keeffe to advise on outreach to EU
KIEL, GERMANY, January 9, 2020— Axiado Corporation has opened an office in Germany to address the EU market and to hire local firmware and software talent. Patrick O’Keeffe, who has more than 10 years of experience in aerospace, maritime, and cybersecurity strategy and policy, will serve the subsidiary in an advisory role.
O’Keeffe studied aerospace engineering at the University of the German Armed Forces, Munich, and multinational operations and international project management at various NATO and United Nations entities. He is currently serving as a security policy advisor for a number of public and private organizations.
“The significance of data protection for consumers as well as companies has become one of the key drivers of a comprehensive security strategy. Europe has been at the forefront of digital privacy,” said O’Keeffe. “The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gave users and consumers the right to find out who is collecting information about them, what these companies did with that information, and under certain circumstances, allowed them to demand the deletion of the data companies had collected.”
Axiado’s CTO Axel Kloth pointed out that software technologies to facilitate that protection have for the most part failed the industry.
“In order to comply with the GDPR and with US state regulations like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) of 2018, and to safeguard the personally identifiable information of their users, consumers and customers, companies will have to invest in secure digital infrastructure,” Kloth said. “Axiado’s technology will enable companies to adhere to these requirements, and O’Keeffe will be crucial in rolling out Axiado’s solution worldwide.”
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