Interview: Building Compliance from Scratch at McAfee

March 21st, 2014

Interview between Ron Wills (McAfee) and Brandon Daniels (President, Clutch Group)

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In the changing eDiscovery landscape; with new technology, new case law and new policy, it is more important than ever to have a sustainable and thorough compliance framework. Brandon Daniels, President of Clutch Group interviewed Ron H Wills, senior director of Legal Affairs, Governance, Risk and Compliance at McAfee about building a compliance framework from scratch at one of the biggest tech companies in the world. Ron discusses concerns companies can have in regard to regulatory exposure. He also offers advice for companies grappling with the control of their information and ensuring that they’ve got a programme that meets requirements from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Brandon Daniels: Ron, thank you again for taking the time out to speak with us and to give us your insight in terms of your evolving compliance programme. To begin, in the current business climate, what are businesses truly concerned about with regard to regulatory exposure?

Ron Wills: Thank you Brandon. You know I definitely think changes in the law, uncertainty surrounding those changes in the law are driving a lot of activity. I think you’re seeing companies that didn’t have a formal compliance function before looking to adopt that function and you’re seeing companies that didn’t have privacy officers bringing privacy professionals because laws are changing. Europe is on the vanguard on data privacy, there are new anti-corruption laws going into effect around the world and it creates a lot of exposure to board and management in some cases and a lot of uncertainty. And the general response has been to put people in the position to understand the risk and put controls in place and so I definitely think that is the primary driver behind a lot of the changes in the corporate compliance arena.