Tag Archives: EU General Data Protection Regulation

GDPR Compliance is Not Mission Impossible

by Bharat Mistry

With one month to go until the GDPR compliance deadline, there are many organisations still struggling to get the right security processes and controls in place. A new global poll of senior legal officers from KPMG found that over half of (54%) feel their businesses is not prepared for the new privacy laws. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. The biggest challenge with regulations like GDPR has been interpretation not only for the organisation but also for the certifying body. In the case of GDPR these are written in legal terms as opposed to technological ones, making it challenging to know what exactly needs to be done in order to be compliant. Proven frameworks such as NIST 800-53 can support a solid information security programme to help appease regulators. Continue reading

As DPO Vacancies Soar 700%, Time is Running Out to Craft a Coherent GDPR Strategy

by Bharat Mistry

New figures from jobs site Indeed this week reveal that vacancies for Data Protection Officers (DPOs) have soared by 709% in the two years since the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was ratified two years back. It’s a shame that, with so long to prepare, organisations are only now wising up to the implications of the region-wide privacy law. Our own research has shown that many other areas of investment are also lacking.

What are needed most now are cool heads and a long-term, strategic approach to GDPR compliance. Racing to finish before the May 25 deadline could lead to mistakes and gaps which may cause more harm than good. Think of this as a continuous process, not a one-off Y2K-style effort. Continue reading

Time for Change: Europe’s New Data Protection Regime is Almost Here

by Bharat Mistry

They must have put something in the water round the EU negotiating table this month. Barely a week after a landmark deal was agreed to implement the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, the European Parliament and Council have cleared the way for an imminent final agreement on the much-anticipated EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As it stands, the new region-wide law will have a major impact on the way UK organisations handle and protect their customers’ data.

The message for CISOs is clear: it’s time to get serious about compliance plans. Continue reading