Editor’s note: The ISACA Now series titled “Faces of ISACA” highlights the contributions of ISACA members to our global professional community, as well as providing a sense of their lives outside of work. Today, we spotlight Bent Poulsen, a longtime officer with the ISACA Denmark Chapter. Interested in joining ISACA and networking with colleagues like Poulsen? Learn more here.
Denmark is famous for its social cohesion and community-minded population, as underscored by many Danes belonging to a variety of local associations, clubs and civic organizations.
“So, we are used to taking care of each other,” said Bent Poulsen, a longtime officer with the ISACA Denmark Chapter.
Poulsen embodies that spirit of volunteerism, having spent three stints as president of the ISACA Denmark Chapter. He remains active on the chapter board, and over the years also has contributed through ISACA’s global board of directors and extensive committee work.
These days, many of his efforts focus on GDPR. GDPR preparation has become a pressing priority for the information security and privacy communities ahead of the May enforcement deadline. Poulsen is an external consultant on a GDPR project and has been active in supporting his ISACA colleagues’ GDPR efforts.
“ISACA Denmark Chapter has had several seminars and member meetings addressing GDPR, and we have established a networking group for members focusing on GDPR, including addressing DPO challenges,” Poulsen said.
Poulsen said the chapter is especially active in discussions on topics such as the control of data leakage, the right to be forgotten and ensuring that only necessary information is collected.
While GDPR is a high-priority topic for many in the ISACA professional community these days – especially in Europe – Poulsen has seen a long line of challenges surface during a career that has spanned more than four decades. From 1998-2014, Poulsen was chief auditor at VP Securities, where he later served as chief risk and compliance officer, established a new risk management and compliance function and implemented the necessary enterprise risk management (ERM) processes. He currently serves as external examiner at several Danish universities, including the Copenhagen School of Business.
Poulsen earned his first ISACA certification, CISA, in 1989, and later added the CISM, CGEIT and CRISC certifications to his credentials. Those certifications had “a great impact” on his career, Poulsen said.
“All my certifications have supported my work for many years, and naturally the CRISC was very useful when setting up the new risk management and compliance function in VP Securities,” Poulsen said.
Outside of work, Poulsen enjoys boating and fishing at local spots such as Sejerø Bay and Kattegat, as well as playing golf.
While relishing those opportunities will be part of his future, so, too, will advancing his work in the tech community – as well as his own.
“I will continue to be part of the ISACA family, and I will enjoy life together with family and good friends,” Poulsen said.