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Are you ready for GDPR? 25th May is just the start…

Today GDPR comes into force. But, much like the millennium bug, it might feel like an anti-climax. The clock keeps on ticking and your business keeps on moving. So, what has changed? First and foremost your business is stronger, not only through compliance but you also have a stronger and more transparent relationship with your customers. You will have enabled digital transformation for…

Encryption, a necessary brick in the foundations of GDPR

From the transposition ciphers in Ancient Greece, to the development of rotor cipher machines in World War I and the advent of computers in World War II, the methods used to carry out cryptography have become increasingly complex and its application more widespread. Now, with the EU’s new GDPR legislation, encryption is attracting growing interest. The number of people affected globally by data breaches in 2017…

GDPR by design: The operational impacts of the new legislation

In just a few days the GDPR comes into force, many organizations are looking at the compliance deadline as just that: a deadline. But 25 May 2018 is only the beginning for GDPR. The media coverage surrounding GDPR has been largely on financial impact, with experts from various industries highlighting the penalties and the challenges faced around reputational damage. Aside from scaremongering, the C-Suite’s focus has understandably…

GDPR: risks and rewards for the healthcare sector

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is a leading target for cyber criminals. 2017 saw an exponential rise in data breaches affecting both healthcare providers and industry partners, with healthcare accounting for 25% of data breaches worldwide in the first half of the year (Experian). The primary reasons for ransomware successfully attacking hospitals are a combination of aging IT infrastructure and weak IT security practices. Recent Atos…

Top three GDPR challenges for the C-Suite

Ever since the GDPR was first announced, IT professionals, lawyers, and business leaders have been highlighting concerns about the potential business risks and challenges they could face to become compliant. Negative press surrounding the regulation has warned business leaders of onerous obligations, challenging practicalities and eye-watering financial penalties from the Information Commissioner’s office. Despite the negativity, there are many business benefits to the regulation. Shortly after it was…

Will financial penalties put cyber defence at the top of every board’s agenda?

Over the past few years, we haven’t been able to read the news without being hit by another salacious data breach headline. More recently, financial sanctions are being implemented, and, if the damage to brand reputation and trust didn’t force business leaders to act, these fines should certainly force cyber defence up the agenda in board meetings. Carphone Warehouse was…

Getting ready for new EU data protection legislation in 2018

With Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning becoming widespread, there are major implications for privacy and data protection – especially in the case of personal data. The General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across all EU member states on the 25 May 2018, requiring organizations’ compliance from day one. This is an overhaul of the current Data Protection Act to cover…

GDPR, a challenge at the heart of digital transformation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) adopted on April 27th 2016 by the European Parliament aims at updating, strengthening and harmonizing the personal data protection framework. Starting May 25th 2018, all companies - with over 250 employees handling personal data (physical, cultural, social…) of European citizens, whether they are customers, suppliers or employees - will have to adopt it. GDPR introduces new regulations concerning personal data management and protection…

A Framework to Keep your Organization GDPR Compliant

In my 3 Ways Being Compliant with GDPR Could be Good for Your Business , I highlighted that the impact of the GDPR regulation was woefully underestimated. Here I discuss why compliance is crucial and outline a framework that can be used as an instrument to support organizations to stay compliant with GDPR. This is not a box-ticking exercise but a fundamental shift in how compliance is performed. Firstly,…

3 Ways Being Compliant with GDPR Could be Good for Your Business

After three years of tough negotiations, a general approach to the Global Data Protection Regulation was agreed by the European Council this summer. Now it looks set to come into force in spring 2016 once the regulation has gone through further negotiations in the European Parliament. When the regulation finally arrives, organisations will be hard pressed to say they were unaware of…

A Simple Guide to Complex GDPR Legislation

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – a single law In Varietate Concordia: translated as Unity in Diversity, the official motto of the European Union, encapsulates the hopes that Europeans can be united in working together for peace and prosperity. This sentiment is at the heart of all developments – from the abolishment of passport controls within the Schengen Area through to its recent plans for a Digital Single Market. And…