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Accelerate Your GDPR Compliance Using Leading Technologies

With the deadline for GDPR fast approaching, less than half of Irish businesses are ready for the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force in May 2018 despite that the new rules apply to all businesses and organisations.

Accelerate your GDPR compliance using leading technologies.

Although data security is a priority at board level, this does not seem to correlate with GDPR planning and preparation according to reports in the media. The GDPR directive comes into force on May 25th, 2018.

Risk of data breaches – More than half of Irish Business expect a cyber-attack to occur in 2018

According to a recent survey, almost 3 in 10 businesses experienced a cyber-attack in 2017 while half expect a cyber-attack to happen in 2018. More than 3 in 4 respondents perceive cyber-attacks to be a significant threat to their business operations. Against this backdrop, minimising the risk of data breaches as part of the preparation for the GDPR is crucial.

All public, private and voluntary organisations of every size need to put controls in place for personal data and how this data is collected, used and stored. The regulations also require for security measures to be in place to protect this data and control who has access to it.  For example, how does your organisation manage CV’s? What security protocols are in place for personal data in your business?

While there is no magic fix to achieve compliance, there is technology available which can help. Microsoft has a suite of products in Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security bundled into a solution called Microsoft 365, which will deliver an integrated, complete solution that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely.

Microsoft 365 can strengthen data security and help secure your IT environment. Microsoft 365 does this by the provisioning for enterprise-grade user and administrative controls.

When we look to which technologies can help secure company data, it is vital to look at the security measures in place on your IT network. Cisco is the leading provider of cloud-control protection for the network to defend against cyber-attacks and breach of personal data.

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud security platform that provides the first line of defense against threats on the internet. Cisco Umbrella provides web-filtering both on and off the corporate network and analyses the network’s vulnerabilities. Without addressing the network firewall, routing, and security measures, it is the equivalent of leaving the back door unlocked and leaving your business vulnerable to attack and loss of data which is now regulated since May 25th and breach of which is subject to hefty fines.

INNOVATE – THE IT SOLUTIONS PEOPLE can deploy this technology from Microsoft and Cisco to accelerate your GDPR compliance and safeguard your data.