Summary of SAM’s Webcast on Information Security & Privacy Protection in CSA

Digitalization increases cyber risks for wider range of industries
Summary of SAM’s Webcast on Information Security & Privacy Protection in CSA
Publ. date 4 Nov 2019
On the 24th of October, SAM conducted its third webinar on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2019 results. This webcast zoomed in on the criteria of Information Security/Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, which were both thoroughly updated and rolled out to additional industries in the 2019 CSA. Download our free summary of the highlights in the attachment of the article.


This webcast provided more background on the updates and findings on the business topics that have the ability to cripple business continuity and pose significant legal and regulatory risk. Due to the pervasiveness of digital technologies and the importance of data privacy across sectors, SAM anticipates that both these criteria will become applicable to an even wider range of industries in the years to come.

Information Security: Board level engagement required

Rolled out to 18 additional industries in 2019, this criterion focuses on how companies manage their information security risks in order to ensure business continuity, and how effective these measures have been. At a best practice-level, the board of directors is involved in the strategy and review process, companies have a variety of security measures in place including training and audits, their IT infrastructures are certified according to ISO 27001 and they have experienced few or no breaches in the last three years.

Privacy Protection: European companies benefit from GDPR compliance

Since data has turned into one of companies’ most important assets, mitigating the risk of personal data leakage, misuse, or unauthorized access is critical for both B2C and B2B companies. They are expected to have a solid privacy policy in place, to be transparent towards customers on how information is protected, captured and used, and to disclose substantiated complaints about breaches of customer privacy. With the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implemented in 2018, European companies have already been forced to comply with stricter privacy legislation and thus have showed a more solid performance in this area.

Please find the highlighted developments and performance norms in more detail in the downloadable summary on top of the page.

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