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David Znidarsic


David Znidarsic is the founder and president of Stairstep Consulting, where he provides intellectual property consultation services ranging from IP forensics, M&A diligence, information security management, open source usage management, and license management. Learn more about David and Stairstep Consulting at

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So, you want to be a data protection officer

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced starting on May 25, 2018. One of the requirements of the GDPR is that many companies who handle personal data of EU citizens will need to appoint either an employee or contractor to be their Data Protection Officer.

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Posted in Software Compliance, Quality & Standards


Is shadow engineering developing your applications?

Do you allow a supplier’s goods and services to be acquired and used by your employees without the approval of your management? Certainly not any more. You’ve probably spent years applying better governance around the acquisitions made by Shadow IT.

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Posted in Agile, CI/CD, & DevOps


Data privacy requires data security, just ask Equifax

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced starting May 25, 2018. One of its goals is to better align data privacy with data security, as depicted in this simple Venn diagram:

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Posted in Data Breach Security, Open Source Security, Software Compliance, Quality & Standards