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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaced the Data Protection Act in 2018. The core objectives were to provide individuals with enhanced privacy, all made possible courtesy of a set of new rights.
The connotations for businesses were fairly far reaching, with various changes needing to be implemented across data collection and storage processes, as well as marketing practices.
In short, businesses had to ensure that any information stored on individuals was readily accessible, that the reason for collecting and retaining it was viable, and that data would not be retained for any longer than was completely necessary.
The GDPR covers all the data any organisation stores. As well as physical records, this means data kept on servers, in the cloud, on individual PCs, on portable media and on mobile devices.
Keeping such data safe all of a sudden became a hundred times more important when the GDPR was introduced. As did being able to demonstrate evidence of data security measures and processes put in place to mitigate the risk of data breaches.
Any breach must be reported within 72 hours to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Fines of €20 million or 4 per cent of annual global turnover, whichever is higher, are what businesses face should they fall short of compliance.
It is the responsibility of individual companies to ensure sufficient cyber security measures are in place to reduce the risk of a data breach. Your aim is to reach a level of confidence that you have done all you can to install adequate security measures, to educate staff and to prevent and contain breaches.
The following is a quick-check summary of the typical measures you should be adopting in order to keep your information technology secure and GDPR compliant:
At PC Docs, we offer a comprehensive package of GDPR compliant IT support services, together with a range of cyber security solutions, all of which can be tailored to suit your individual business needs.
To discover how we can help protect your business against costly data breaches, and for a copy of our GDPR compliance policy, you are welcome to get in touch.