How GDPR compliant is your company?

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Olivia Storey

Today ESET are offering some essential tips for GDPR compliance and a way to check your current state of compliance, ahead of May 25th 2018.

The world is a very different place than it was in 1995 when the original Data Protection Directive was established, GDPR represents an effort to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches.

The regulation applies to any information on any individual based in, or even just visiting, the EU, regardless of where your company is based.

Mark James, ESET IT Security Specialist, offers some simple to implement advice for protecting your data, ready for the new GDPR changes.

“Data loss is not just about leaving a USB or Laptop on a train, it might also include someone reading information they should not see while in your very building.

“This could even be another member of staff. You should consider all the features available to you to help you protect any data you hold on others, and this includes your staff.

“Encryption is of course the number one thing we think about when discussing data protection, and of course it will help.

“However, internet security software, operating system and application updates, along with segregated access all have a role to play. For all your employees you should consider if they need access to the data.

“The less people that can see the data the less chance you have of being compromised.

“If you’re able to use two-factor authentication for access then do so, it will ensure that if your users’ credentials get compromised the logins are still safe. Spam and phishing attacks are still the number one means used to spread malware and gain access to internal networks.

“Security in general is all about multi-layered protection, but this applies to GDPR as well. No one method will keep you safe, but layering different approaches and procedures will help to strengthen your defences and protect not only your customers’ data, but also your reputation.”

ESET’s compliance checker and free guide offers preliminary, online assessments of your GDPR compliance. With a full personal report, including a point-by-point assessment with recommended next steps, as well as our downloadable guide.

Does your company have a plan in place for GDPR? Let us know on Twitter @ESETUK.

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