Upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation – Are YOU ready?New Data Protection regulations are being finalised by the EU which will apply one consistent set of requirements for all organisations that hold data on European citizens.

The legislation is very broad and covers many aspects of personal data. This will create new rights and responsibilities for all organisations and raise many questions in relation to data security and compliance.

There has not been a significant overhaul of EU data protection regulations in some time. This, paired with the need to address the major technological developments since 1995, is driving the need to modernize and homogenize the EU Data Protection regulations.

Who is impacted by the new reform

The status of the EU Data protection regulation reform proposals should be of global interest as it impacts any company doing business with European citizens – regardless of where the company is based. This is very similar to US data protection laws.

Benefits of EU Data reform

  • One EU market, one law – European and non-European companies no longer need to research and know the details of 28 different rules & regulations.
  • Unified process – The same process will be followed in case of breaches and /or violations
  • Same rules applies to all companies – regardless of where the companies are based, the same rule set will apply when doing business within the EU.

Major data breaches are commonplace today, putting customers at risk of identity theft and financial loss, and businesses at risk of losing customer and investor loyalty. Fear of government surveillance coupled with news of high profile data breaches pressure and requirements to protect sensitive personal data is increasing.

How to comply with the new Legislation

For the many companies that must comply with the suggested Data protection Regulation reform legislation the best way to prepare is to implement a solid data protection strategy and process that should include encryption in order to be most effective. If you want to be ready for the Data protection Regulation reform you should start looking at encryption technologies.

Sophos the leader in computer security software has identified 3 Steps which will help you ensure you are on track in relation to the new regulations:

  • Take the Test
  • Download the EU Data Protection Regulation White Paper
  • Sign up today for the Free Trial

In summary if you don’t put the right technology in place to protect personal data, then you many have to pay – directly to the supervisory authority and indirectly from reputation damage, loss of goodwill and customer trust.  However, companies that encrypt their data protect their customers – and themselves.

Contributor: Trilogy Technologies
Trilogy Technologies will be hosting an information breakfast on 26 May at Dublin Chamber of Commerce in association with Sophos – Computer Security Software