Four letters – GDPR – have been imprinted on the minds of UK businesses over recent months. But is it really as scary as everyone thinks? In our WebEx we hosted last week, in partnership with Quadra, a leading consultancy specialising in ISO standards, we explained what the upcoming GDPR changes mean for businesses across the UK and whether it’s more of an opportunity or threat…
GDPR brings the current 1995 Data Protection Directive into 21st century, harmonising data protection laws across 27 EU member states. The regulation requires that personal data should be:
Since the announcement of GDPR, much of the discussion has focused on its negative effects – steep penalties, impact on reputation, extensive requirements. While these fears are rational, GDPR could be more of an opportunity to review how you process data already, identify silos, clean it and make sure you’ve got security tools in place to protect it – especially in the light of recent cyber-attacks and the possibility that hackers may use the regulation as leverage to receive ransom.
And while we don’t mean to rush you, with just over 30 days to go, if you haven’t started your preparations, it’s time to start taking these 3 steps NOW. Watch the WebEx here >
Passwords – when implemented correctly – are a free, easy and effective way to prevent unauthorised access. Here are few things to keep in mind when using passwords:
Research suggests that around 80% of attacks use vulnerabilities for which patches already exist. Nevertheless, many businesses still aren’t applying security patches, even when updates have been available for months. Want our advice? Patch as soon as and use automated patching where possible to reduce cost. Find out more about the importance of patching >
In the recent years, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become an opportunity for companies to build a mobile and productive workforce. However, those mobile devices are subject to malware, theft or loss, and will have personal apps downloaded from third-party sites on them too. So, what can you do to minimise the risk?
This blog post should not be relied upon as legal advice on how to comply with GDPR. We encourage you to work with a legally qualified professional to discuss GDPR, how it applies specifically to your organisation, and how best to ensure compliance.