Contained within this post is a secret look into the talk-planning life of Samantha Humphries, Rapid7's senior manager for international solutions, and Katie Ledoux, a senior security analyst. Let's watch what happens.

From: Caitlin Condon
Sent: 16 August 2017 15:26
To: Samantha Humphries; Katie Ledoux
Subject: Re: Blog post for your GDPR session at UNITED

Sam! Katie! How would you two feel about writing a blog post on your UNITED session on GDPR compliance and how it’s going to affect U.S.-based companies? It seems like some folks here think this is a Europe-only issue. Your session should debunk that myth. You game?

From: Samantha Humphries
Sent: 16 August 2017 16:26
To: Katie Ledoux
Subject: Re: Blog post for your GDPR session at UNITED

Hey Katie, I started writing about how to our session will help UNITED attendees understand what GDPR is, how they can prepare, and how our own governance team has addressed and overcome challenges...AND THEN I CHECKED OUT THE BLOODY AGENDA FOR UNITED.

Have you seen the list of sessions that are running concurrently with ours?! Rajeev is talking about how bots are changing IT and security as we know it; Rebekah and the DoJ are speaking on cyber threat exchange with the government; and Leon’s session is on hacking with “flair”—I don’t even know what that means! Do you think he’ll have drones?!

What if nobody comes to our session? I can’t even ask my mum to make up the numbers, because she lives here in the UK!

Yours panickingly,
Sam

From: Katie Ledoux
Sent: 16 August 2017 16:48
To: Samantha Humphries
Subject: Re: Blog post for your GDPR session at UNITED

Sam, calm down, I’m sure...WHOA, Leon told me he might have a light show to go with his ‘flair’ and I think he might be serious! We need costumes and vodka shots! Do you think we can have live animals on stage?

From: Samantha Humphries
Sent: 16 August 2017 17:33
To: Katie Ledoux
Subject: Re: Blog post for your GDPR session at UNITED

Right, how about this? http://www.argos.co.uk/product/3144114 Everyone loves hearing from Compliance Stormtroopers—it is known! I’ll see if Kyle’s got budget for them. Will report back in a mo.

From: Samantha Humphries
Sent: 16 August 2017 19:33
To: Katie Ledoux
Subject: FW: Re: FW: Blog post for your GDPR session at UNITED

Sigh. The boss said no...but he didn’t say anything about the vodka shots.

From: Kyle Flaherty
Sent: 16 August 2017 18:06
To: Samantha Humphries
Subject: Re: FW: Blog post for your GDPR session at UNITED

Sam, you know we don’t shell out for stormtrooper costumes unless it’s for a keynote talk. You and Katie have an awesome session planned—you don’t need gimmicks to talk about why GDPR applies to ANY organization in the world that holds personal data about EU citizens, regardless of vertical, company size, or geographic location. Attendees will want to learn about how they can prepare and why GDPR is a good thing! Take a breath.
/kff

DISCLAIMER: There is no commitment to provide vodka shots, live animals, or costumes at our GDPR or GDP-argh talk. You will get a full 568mls of GDPR goodness though, including some great insights into what GDPR is, how you need be preparing, and how we’re thinking about GDPR internally at Rapid7.

We should also mention that if you come dressed as a Stormtrooper, you get extra points. See you there! (Here's how to register if you've not done so already!)