There are now less than ten months before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes the law of the land – and you may or may not be ready.

Let’s put this in context.

Today, a confirmed data breach in your company can lead to a fine of half a million pounds and the knock-on effects to business that result from being compromised.

From May 25th, the minimum fine is £20,000,000 – or 4 per cent of your annual turnover, whichever is greater – and those knock-on effects remain.

Data Breaches Will Become 400 Times More Expensive

When it’s put in those terms, the situation is major. And yet, current surveys suggest that around 69% of major UK businesses aren’t prepared – and the proportion is likely to be higher in companies at lower levels.

So how safe is your data?

Major Factors

Most prominently: If your website handles e-commerce transactions or has a login portal allowing clients to access privileged information, these are key access points which need to be protected.

Private networks which allow data access for remote teams can also be compromised.

Ultimately, it’s not just about identifying the access and entry points; you also need to have a clear idea of the security level at those points.

Is it time to replace outmoded servers or upgrade server systems? Are you still using legacy software for convenience or because it would have cost more to add functionality to a newer alternative?

If you’ve got tablets set up to access your private network from the field, are biometric locks necessary?

The answer to each of these questions will depend on your current systems, your plans, and even your industry sector and prominence – there are some industries and some companies/brands which are much more likely to be targeted.

Ensuring Safe Data

This sort of company-wide overhaul of security measures always involves several steps:

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Implement
  • Train
  • Troubleshoot

Projects like these are our bread and butter, and as no two clients will have identical infrastructure or be in identical circumstances, there’s always a moment of discovery and always new ideas to examine, challenge, and improve.

While your own IT division handles the challenges of day-to-day business we’ll bring our experience of security systems to bear, examining your infrastructure, identifying the key upgrade points, and developing a solid plan.

We can ensure that nothing falls through the cracks to create problems later. Maintaining functionality across the upgrade is essential, as is a smooth implementation that doesn’t disrupt business. We’ll provide the key information your own teams will need in order to train your staff on the handover, and remain with you to make sure no other issues come up.