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Information Security at Life Sciences Meetings

Posted by Taya Paige on Nov 14, 2017 2:02:00 PM



When it comes to event security, it’s our duty to have contingency processes in place for meeting participants. Don’t rely on the venue to provide security. Address the security plan with your client and vendor to cover all bases and thoroughly communicate. Anyone involved with Pharma and medical meetings knows that information security is also essential. Things like sweeping the room for any left behind content is a start, but not good enough anymore.

There are competitive and legal implications surrounding the protection of content and proprietary information at all meetings. It’s critical to inform and engage any and all suppliers on your security parameters and expectations. 

Are you familiar with the Global Data Protection Requirement (GDPR), the most important change in data privacy regulation in over 20 years? 

While governance of this will be pushed up to CEOs, everyone in business should be familiar with the GDPR and what their company is doing to address it. Starting in May 2018, the GDPR will impact most multinational companies around the world, not just those based in the EU. The fines for non-compliance are hefty—up to 4% of annual revenue.  

Ask questions and escalate up the food chain to be sure your vendors are compliant with GDPR and with any and all your security requirements.


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About the Author


Taya Paige, Business Development Manager, ITA Group

Taya Paige has over 25 years of meeting, incentive and recognition industry experience, including leadership positions in sales, marketing and operations and as an entrepreneur. She is known for her impact and roots within the pharmaceutical/healthcare meetings industry and is a contributing author of the CMP-HC certification, which represents current and best practices in the industry.  She also serves on the MPI-MD Advisory Counsel. She is well-known in the hospitality field for her ability to build a robust network of U.S. and global relationships driving innovation solutions, results and building deep and long-lasting partnerships that have made her a reliable and trustworthy resource.


Paige received her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Business from Ithaca College in New York and has earned the Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM), an MBA-level executive education for meeting professionals.  She also has the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC). 




Topics: Meeting Management