Brexit| CyberSecuritySpeak

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The uncertainty of the current global political climate has ignited many conversations, not least with regards to cyber security. With the UK Parliament voting to trigger Article 50 earlier this week, commentators have discussed how Brexit might affect the nation’s position with regards to  the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will place greater restrictions on data flow in the EU. Meanwhile, US President, Donald Trump, has reportedly signed an Executive Order which is likely to initiate a review into the US Government’s cyber security framework.

While regulations have been proposed at a national level, the Internet transcends national borders. The EU ensured this was clear in its drafting of the GDPR, which was adopted in April 2016. Speaking on the regulation, Stewart Room, cyber security and data protection partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said: “This will impact every entity that holds or uses European personal data both inside and outside of Europe.”

After article 50 is triggered, if the UK still wants to carry out business with the EU– and it is clear it will need to – it would still need to get a grip of GDPR. This would not just be a government matter; when Room says “every entity,” he refers to organisations in both the public and private sectors. Nevertheless, recent research by Dell shows that there is an alarming lack of understanding as to what GDPR actually means.

The GDPR deadline does not come into effect for another year or so but preparations need to start as soon as possible. Compliance won’t be a simple or straightforward process and the fines and wider repercussions for those who don’t comply are too huge to ignore.

Following GDPR’s adoption some nine months ago it’s clear that the scale of its impact is still not understood, in part due to the confusion which has followed Brexit. The current landscape is a real opportunity for security solutions providers but they need to start reaching the right people with their messaging now.  Initiatives such as Data Privacy Day are great ways to educate their audience, for instance. As communicators, we need to ensure that our messages amplify the scale of GDPR lest anybody gets caught out when May 2018 comes.

News Round-up

The Register

Has President Trump’s executive order on ‘Public Safety’ killed off Privacy Shield?

A discussion on how President Trump’s Executive order might affect data sharing with the EU.


GDPR and Brexit: How Leaving the EU Affects UK Data Privacy

Why UK should adopt GDPR to remain competitive in the European market.

SC Magazine

Minister to give evidence to Lords committee on data protection after Brexit

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee will questions the Minister of State for Digital and Culture on the European Union data protection package.


Trump expected to sign cyber security executive order Tuesday: source

Executive Order is expected to commission a review of the US government’s offensive and defensive security measures.


Consumers remain oblivious to IoT security threats, despite £12m government campaign

Report indicates that nearly half of the population of the UK are unaware of the IoT security threats.

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