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Friday, 26 June 2015 11:32

European Data Protection rules confusing the experts

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A new survey reveals security experts are as clueless as anyone when it comes to the impact of new European General Data Protection Regulation

Research conducted at Infosecurity Europe 2015 shows IT chiefs are still confused over the impact that the forthcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have on their businesses data use.

The survey conducted with Heads of IT, Chief Information Officers, IT Security Managers, Chief Technical Officers, Company Directors and Cyber Analysts found that the vast majority (78%) are currently aware of policies within their organisations covering data protection matters, with a further 75% knowing who is specifically responsible for data protection within their firms.

However despite this understanding, only half of respondents (50%) understand what the new GDPR is likely to mean to both them individually and their organisations.

The recent survey findings follow closely in the wake of the Council of the European Union agreeing to the new regulations that will co-ordinate the law across the 28-member-state bloc for the first time. It is anticipated that these pan-EU data protection regulations will become law in 2017.

Survey sponsor’s  iStorage Founder and CEO, John Michael, explained that the GDPR is shining a spotlight on the role that all professionals will be expected to play in safeguarding the information that has been entrusted to them and their organisations. “Our recent survey at Infosec revealed that currently there is confusion and a lack of understanding about what this regulation means and the effect that it will have. This must be addressed in advance of the regulation coming into effect, to ensure that all businesses are fully prepared for the data challenges of the future.”

The survey also found that a large number of professionals do not believe the cloud to be a safe storage solution for corporate data. However, while less than a third (29%) of survey respondents feel that the cloud should be used to store confidential information, almost half (48%) currently do exactly that.

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