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EU GDPR: One year on and just one year to go

30th March 2017

Are UK organisations any closer to being compliant?

In April 2016, after four years of discussions the European Parliament finally approved the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) which will become enforceable in May next year.

One year on, and just one year away from the new legislation coming into force, are UK organisations ready for the EU GDPR? The latest stats from the Information Commissioner’s Office suggest companies still have a way to go if they want to avoid crippling fines of up to 4% of global annual turnover (or €20 million whichever is greater) in the event of a data breach involving EU citizen data.

Stats reported by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) would suggest there is still plenty of work to be done if companies want to avoid crippling fines, major business disruption and long-term reputational damage come May next year.

Worryingly ICO statistic show that data breach incidents are actually on the increase.


Healthcare showing signs of improvement

Responsible for some of the most sensitive data, the Heathcare sector is still responsible for the majority of incidents (around 40%), although the rise in breaches in this sector does appear to at least be slowing.


Data security – no quick fix solution…

When it comes to data security there is no quick fix and putting plans and measures in place to ensure compliance will take time and effort.

Data security experts advise that developing and implementing a robust data security plan to comply with the new EU GDRPR could take up to 18 months, so if you haven’t yet started preparing for the EU GDPR the pressure is really on.

The internet is awash with information and guidance regarding the new legislation and how to take steps to ensure compliance.

The ICO is committed to helping UK organisations prepare for the GDPR, and has publishing practical guidance and signposting guidance produced by other bodies, on its’ website


…or is there?

One aspect of data security that can be addressed quickly and cost-effectively, is that of keeping sensitive data safe whilst on the move.

Modern technology means that we are no longer constrained to working Monday-Friday, 9-5, in the office. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, the internet, the cloud and USB drives mean we can pretty much access whatever we want, whenever we want and wherever we want.

USB drives have been around for over 15 years now but remain a popular data storage solution for transporting data, especially where internet connectivity could be an issue.

Hands up who’s got a stash of USB drives tucked away in their desk drawer? Novelty-shaped freebies that you’ve picked up at events or been given by suppliers? When heading out of the office it’s so easy just to grab one (maybe not the novelty fire extinguisher one if you’re going to a meeting!), download the files you need and go.

But what happens if whilst on route to your meeting the USB falls out of your bag or you accidentally leave it on the train?

Yes, you lose your data and USB which is frustrating and inconvenient, but if the USB ends in the wrong hands a data breach could ensue with your company facing massive fines, business disruption and long term reputational damage. But only if your USB drive is unencrypted!

Encryption is the process of changing or transforming files according to a set of rules and algorithms, into a format that others cannot read. Encrypting your data by using password or PIN access is an important step to safeguarding personal information and data.

Hardware encrypted USB drives like SafeToGo® offer a simple, cost effective and robust solution to keeping data safe on the move. If a SafeToGo drive is lost or stolen, the sensitive information stored on the device remains secure, and so avoiding a costly data breach.

Figures reported by the ICO show that the number of data breaches involving unencrypted USB drives is declining, however a significant number of incidents still occur every quarter.


Investing in fully robust, hardware encrypted USBs (like SafeToGo) for all staff is a quick and easy way to avoid becoming a statistic and importantly ensure EU GDPR compliance.

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