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A Guide to Cyber Security and GDPR

Tagged with gdpr, data, cyber, security, guide
by Arron O'Neill
in Blog

25-Jun-2018 15:48

Data security is not something to be sniffed at. In 2016, cyber crime cost UK businesses a total of £29 billion, and affected 2.9 million British companies. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which you're probably well aware of, holds to account those companies which do not put in place sufficient measures to protect the data of their customers. It allows for much heftier fines to be placed on companies which lose their customers’ data to cyber attacks.

Cyber attacks against big businesses are nothing new, with high-profile companies falling foul of sophisticated online criminals at an alarming rate. A cyber attack on a smaller enterprise is unlikely to get anywhere near the level of publicity as the hacking of a multinational corporation, but this doesn’t mean your small firm is safe.

Data held by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is becoming increasingly valuable to cyber criminals. According to recent research released by Barclaycard, 48 per cent of SMEs fell victim to at least one cyber attack last year and 10 per cent were targeted multiple times. Cyber criminals are targeting SMEs in a growing number of ways, with ransomware attacks proving to be one of the most popular methods used to extract money. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts all files on a computer and demands money, usually untraceable currency, for them to be unlocked.

Despite all this, it can be difficult for SMEs to find the right balance between protecting themselves from malicious cyber attacks and creating unnecessary restrictions on employee device usage.

Here at Optindigo, we're here to help you through the GDPR process as smoothly as possible. You may not realise but data security is just as important as all of the documents you've been tackling. All the documents in the world won't help you if you suffer a data breach. As part of our service, we can offer you our free Cyber Security guide for SMEs. This will provide a good insight into what Cyber Security might mean for you and your organisation. Just like the rest of the process, we're here to help answer any questions with our Cyber Security experts. They're here to offer advice and implement a Cyber Security strategy that's specific to your individual requirements. Whether you hold data on a single laptop or in a data centre, GDPR affects you the same.

Don’t forget you need to complete your GDPR process – this is the easiest of all these things to sort – just call us on 01772 217800 and we can help you with both the GDPR process any data security concerns you may have. Our team of experts are here to get you through this process as quickly as possible.