Last Friday, the NHS and organisations around the world faced major disruption thanks to the most serious cyber-attack we’ve seen so far. The attack highlighted the gaping security holes that millions of organisations have within their IT infrastructure, and the consequences these can have on business continuity. In the case of inaccessible patient records, it also brought forward the question of data safety. Now you may be asking yourself what steps you need to take to ensure your business is protected against future cyber threats.
With the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation coming into force in May 2018, how you store and process data is set to change. At the heart of the GDPR are the severe penalties to be issued to any company which allows the personal data of EU citizens to be compromised. These fines weigh in at either €20 million or 2% of a company’s annual turnover, whichever is greater – a figure which would deal a devastating blow to most businesses. Protecting yourself from ransomware, phishing and other nastiness is a critical step on the road to data protection. Ensuring your sensitive data can’t be hijacked via malicious software leaves one less avenue of opportunity for you to worry about.