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How to build trust with your clients in the new age of data regulation?

Businesses and professional services providers are busy getting to grips with the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - and the new framework it provides.

It’s easy to view compliance as a purely internal matter; essentially a process of joining the dots to keep on the right side of the regulator. But this mindset misses the whole purpose of the new data regime: to increase consumer confidence in the digital marketplace - i.e. to enable your clients to share their data with you, safe in the knowledge that it will be safe.

Data protection: Do I need a dedicated officer?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into force in little over a year’s time (25 May 2018). Among the many changes ushered in, GDPR introduces a new governance requirement: the duty on the part of certain organisations to appoint a data protection officer (DPO).

Will your organisation fall under this new requirement? Read on to find out…

Checklist: Is your company prepared for GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in a little over a year from now, May 25th 2018, with new compliance regulations concerning the protection of personal data.

Essentially an update on regulations already in place under the data protection act, the GDPR is being transposed into law across all member states of the European Union (EU). And, despite the triggering of Article 50, and the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, this is still a directive that UK companies will need to adhere to; as Britain will remain under full EU law until the separation is complete (so, at least another 2 years).

What is GDPR and how will it affect your business?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into law from 25 May 2018. Its aims are broad: to make the digital marketplace a more secure place for consumers - with new safeguards to ensure the safety and integrity of personal data.

It also means new responsibilities for businesses. Short-term, the priority should be on ensuring your data processing and security framework is aligned to the requirements set out in the legislation. Longer-term, remember that GDPR readiness isn’t a one off tickbox exercise: from regular stress testing through to careful choice of products and service partners, compliance should be a top priority.

Why Trump's "Offline" approach to IT security is massively flawed

“No computer is safe.” Or, at least, not in the eyes of US President, Donald Trump. At his first New Year’s Eve reception in his new role, the Commander-in-Chief suggested that the only truly effective means of protection against hackers and prying eyes is to maintain a massive air gap.

So is there some truth in what the President is saying? Is it a case of offline equals ‘good’ and online equals ‘bad’ when it comes to data security?

Foration's Tips and Predictions for Compliant IT in 2017

As we approach the end of a year of dramatic change, attention turns to the future. To look at the coming year and what it may hold in store for IT services. Particular attention will be in relation to IT compliance. The need for systems and organisations to operate on the right side of the regulations in an era of data protection and cyber-threats will be more acute than ever.

The complete guide to retaining data the FCA-compliant way

Regardless of the size or nature of your organisation, if you’re handling, using or storing customer data of any kind then you have a legal obligation to ensure that it’s protected as rigorously as possible. This is the position taken by the Financial Compliance Authority (FCA) and something which all firms need to place high on their agenda when it comes to corporate responsibility.

Why your mobile is not safe.

So you have just got the latest and greatest mobile phone, only to have the buzz shift a week later to the new model that has just been announced.

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