General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, deadlines and facts

Companies that collect data on citizens in European Union (EU) countries will need to comply with strict new rules around protecting customer data by May 25. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is expected to set a new standard for consumer rights regarding their data, but companies will be challenged as they put systems and processes in […]

The GDPR Clock Is Running Out. Now What?

On May 25, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. The transformative new law is expected to have a profound impact on how businesses the world over collect, manage, and defend their data. But while companies have had more than two years to prepare for the ground-breaking legislation – passed in […]

Consumers want more IoT regulation

A demand for more regulation may seem counterintuitive in today’s world and yet that’s exactly what consumers who understand IoT technologies want, according to a new study from Market Strategies International. The study identified two distinct groups: the IoT “Haves” and the IoT “Have Nots.” The Haves are defined as people who have worked with IoT technologies […]

GDPR And Tape: The Elephant In The Room Is Ransomware

With the GDPR deadline fast approaching, the end for tape is being predicted (again), according to the following catastrophic scenario. It’s Monday, and your manager asks you to delete someone’s personal data from your backup copies because the data protection officer received an email asking the company to follow the “right to be forgotten.” So, you […]

What is personally identifiable information (PII)? How to protect it under GDPR

Personally identifiable information (PII) is any data that can be used to identify a specific individual. Social Security numbers, mailing or email address, and phone numbers have most commonly been considered PII, but technology has expanded the scope of PII considerably. It can include an IP address, login IDs, social media posts, digital images and […]

7 steps for getting your organization GDPR-ready

While the EU has had long established data protection standards and rules, its regulators haven’t truly commanded compliance until now. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), financial penalties for data protection violations are severe – €20 million (about $24.8 million USD) or 4 percent of annual global turnover (whichever is higher), to be exact. What’s more is that […]

Breach-Proofing Your Data in a GDPR World

The massive data breaches that have hit the headlines in recent years, including Yahoo, Verizon, and particularly Equifax, have taken a toll on breach victims, consumers, and corporations. We’ve seen stocks drop precipitously, class-action lawsuits filed, CEOs shown the door, and executives called before Congress. This year, breaches could be even more costly for companies […]

Cloud computing: Now as vital as power, transport and fresh water?

Under the European Union’s Network and Information Systems (NIS) directive, businesses that provide essential services will have to make sure their security is good enough to protect their network and information systems from attack, as well as having to notify the relevant authorities of serious incidents. The regulations apply to critical national infrastructure — those […]

GDPR: Deadline looms but businesses still aren’t ready

A lack of awareness about the forthcoming introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — a new set of rules from the European Union which aims to simplify data protection laws and provide citizens across all member states with more control over their personal data — has led the UK government to issue a warning over businesses’ […]

GDPR: Ready or Not, Here It Comes

Today, organizations all over the world are looking ahead to May 25, 2018, the date that Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect, and are trying to put in place the means to avoid falling short of meeting the requirements. But there’s evidence that the time and money being spent today may not be […]