All over the UK people woke up this morning to something many thought would not happen: Britain voting to leave the European Union. It will take years and possibly even decades before we fully appreciate the repercussions. But from a data protection and privacy perspective, little in reality will change. The UK can’t afford to let its digital economy be locked out of Europe, which is why the government is likely to enforce laws on a par with the forthcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The message is clear for UK IT security bosses: stay on the path towards GDPR compliance. Continue reading →
Last week we spent three jam-packed days at Infosecurity Europe 2016: one of the largest events of its kind in the world. As always, it was a great opportunity to share our expertise with some of the 12,000+ attendees who came along. But the show also offered a valuable chance to find out what really matters to information security professionals here in the UK.
It might not surprise you to learn that ransomware and data breaches were two of the hottest topics at the show this year. Continue reading →
The enforcement date for the long-awaited European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was announced this week: 25 May 2018. Now there are many reasons why UK CISOS might want to look the other way when they hear that news. Two years, after all, seems like a very long time away. It’s also very tempting to delay any compliance efforts until after the EU referendum, which could very well go the way of Brexit. The received logic is that this would let IT departments up and down the country off the hook for GDPR compliance.
But that’s a dangerous game to play. It’s likely that even in the event of a ‘Leave’ vote, the UK would be forced to align its data protection laws with the EU. So the message is still very much: “Brexit or no Brexit, IT leaders must start planning now for the GDPR.” Continue reading →