The rules around data protection and IT security are changing. General Data Protection Regulation laws (GDPR) have been brought in to improve protection over new ways that data is being used by businesses today. The new rules also make data protection rules the same throughout the EU.
Businesses and organisations in the UK have until 25th May 2018 until the new GDPR law will apply to them. However, the impact the new legislation will have on IT security practices, means it is important that businesses start to consider how to implement changes now.
With tougher fines for non-compliance and data breaches, achieving compliance should be a priority for all organisations.
Why is our Cyber Security programme different?
The new laws make it your responsibility to inform your local data protection authority of any data breach that risks people’s rights and freedoms within 72 hours of your organisation realising the breach has occurred.
Even before you call the data protection authority, you should tell the people whose data has been compromised by the data breach what has happened.
Those who don’t meet the deadlines could face a penalty of up to 2% of their annual worldwide revenue, or €10 million, whichever is higher.
It is clear then the effect of a data breach is not only a loss of trust from existing customers, and disastrous PR, but also potentially heavy fines that you will want to avoid.
So what should you do?
Gaining a Cyber Essentials certification is a good first step towards protecting yourself from threats and can mitigate ICO fines.
Cyber Essentials certification is a government created scheme and it provides evidence that you have carried out basic steps towards protecting your business and your data from internet based cyber attacks. Cyber Essentials is designed to work for companies of all sizes including single employee businesses to large companies.
As Prosyn are Cyber Essentials Certified ourselves, we are ideally positioned to guide companies through the process to compliance.
Our Cyber Security Process
Prosyn can also use our expertise to provide you with a cyber security review. We can perform checks on IT infrastructure including servers, PCs and networks alongside penetration testing and the set-up of multi authentication techniques to ensure passwords are secure.
If you would like to know more about the IT cyber security services we offer and how we can help you meet the new GDPR legislation, or how we can continuously monitor your IT systems for potential risks, get in touch with us for a free consultation and custom proposal.
Our approach to reducing cyber security risks includes:
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