Only 43% of organisations are preparing for GDPR

What is the current state of company preparedness for the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? An Imperva survey has sought to answer this question. The survey of 170 security professionals was taken at RSA 2017, the world’s largest security conference.

GDPR protects the privacy of European citizens and applies to all businesses that hold and process personal data collected in the European Union, regardless of their industry or location.

It becomes effective on May 25, 2018. Organisations are focusing on GDPR compliance because fines for certain violations may be up to the greater of €20 million or four percent of total worldwide annual turnover. Companies with significant revenue could face billions of dollars in fines.

>See also: 1 in 4 UK businesses have CANCELLED preparations for GDPR

According to the survey, 51% of respondents said GDPR would impact their companies, nearly a third of the respondents didn’t see the GDPR regulations impacting them, while 11% were unsure if GDPR would impact their companies and 5%were not familiar with GDPR.

The survey also showed an overall lack of urgency among the IT professionals surveyed with 43% of respondents indicating that they are evaluating or implementing change in preparation for GDPR, 29% indicating that they were not preparing, and another 28% signifying that they were unaware of specific preparations.

>See also: Benchmarking global readiness for the GDPR

“US companies should be evaluating the impact GDPR will have on their data practices, given the major fines for non-compliance,” said Terry Ray, chief product strategist at Imperva.

“Companies need to begin the GDPR legwork now by documenting how personal data is collected and processed in their organisations. From what we’ve seen in working with our clients on GDPR readiness, the projects are complex and involve multiple teams, technologies and systems.”

In asking survey respondents about who is driving GDPR compliance in their organisation, 49% of survey respondents cited their organisation’s legal department, while 8% said the IT department is managing the process.


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Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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