The recent data breach of the high profile pay day lender Wonga involving the loss of 250,000 customer names, email and financial information made national news that highlighted how sophisticated hackers are becoming. Reports were quick to point out that the potential threat was identified early in the week but only at the end of the week did they realise that customer data was exposed.
It is not uncommon for businesses to rely on their existing security solutions to protect the network whether due to a lack of investment in IT security or an oversight. However, monitoring of all the upgrades and patches set to automatically load onto the server, is critical to ensure they do not create exploitable holes in your security.
When the UK leaves the EU, we will still have to adhere to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which requires businesses to report data breaches within 72 hours. Your company is liable and fines can reach up to €10,000,000 or 2% of the annual worldwide turnover. The regulation encourages the appointment of a data protection officer (DPO), enhanced security controls and new policies and processes to manage data.
GDPR comes into force on 25 May, 2018. With just a year to go, this is a good time to audit your existing security to ensure it protects your business effectively.
With more than 30 years’ experience in IT security, swcomms can provide you with security solutions that include web filtering, next generation firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems. We can help ensure your business meets the GDPR guidelines and keep your data safe.