Research from security firm Sophos reveals that, with less than one year to go, 20% of British companies still regard the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) a low priority. The report, in which 625 IT decision makers from the UK, France and Benelux (Belgium and Luxembourg) were asked about the impact GDPR will have on their businesses, also reveals that only 8% of British Businesses are confident they’re compliant.
Acknowledging the magnitude of the forthcoming EU regulation and the repercussions from the recent Wannacry Ransomware attack, Acora has placed compliance and security concerns high on its agenda. The company, a Gold Standard Microsoft Partner, has appointed a fully accredited GDPR consultant and signed up leading security vendor PaloAlto to boost its security offering.
Reacting to the article, Lee Ganly CiO says:
“Britain is lagging behind other European countries when it comes to GDPR preparation and this is worrying. Whether it boils down to a lack of awareness from key decision makers or a belief that Brexit means the law will no longer apply to UK businesses, business leaders must take heed and start the process now or risk heavy fines further down the line.”
Lee Ganly offers this advice to businesses still unsure about their compliance policy.
“Having a plan or demonstrable commitment to the GDPR will be critical when dealing with the ICO – technology wise, concentrate on stopping the biggest causes of data breaches by making sure the basics are in place: keep all operating systems and software up to date, implement encryption for sensitive data, and formulate a data loss prevention strategy.”