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UK corporates becoming more aware of the importance of GDPR compliance

Whilst the corporate sector in the UK is generally becoming aware of the need to ensure that they are compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation that comes into force in May 2018, there are still some large firms who are alarmingly exposed to the risk of cyber attack. According to recent research, only just over half of the boards running FTSE 350 companies recognise the full impact of the threat of cyber attack, and the need to become GDPR compliant.

The impact of GDPR will affect all organisations in the UK, both large and small. In fact, it could well be the SME sector that faces the greatest risk, as many do not have a robust IT infrastructure or the necessary policies and procedures to protect their clients’ data. Safe4 are currently working with a number of organisations in the charities sector who wish to ensure that their essential information, most notably details of their donors and their financial records, do not fall prey to intrusion and thus expose them to severe penalties.

If you would like more information on how implementing Safe4 within your business can significantly reduce the risk of online fraud and data theft, please contact us.

US may be set to change data privacy laws – again!

The Safe Harbor data privacy agreement between the US and the EU was deemed to be ineffective in 2015, and was subsequently replaced with a Privacy Shield arrangement – which is still considered by many to be inadequate. Recent announcements by the new US administration suggest that the internal data privacy laws in the US will be subject to further change, affecting those who are not US citizens or permanent residents in the US. Please click here for more background on this development.

Safe4 decided back in 2010 that all of the data held within its secure document delivery and storage service would be stored in UK-located data centres, accredited to ISO 27001. This offers maximum protection to our customers and their clients, employees, suppliers, partners and associates. Reliance on US-hosted data storage could be seen to carry unnecessary risk of misuse or disclosure of personally-identifiable information, hence the benefit of keeping all stored data onshore within the UK.

For more detail on the measures that Safe4 applies to keep information secure, please contact us. We would be very pleased to speak with you.

Christine Andrews of DQM GRC to present at Safe4 Conference

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is looming. This EU-originated legislation will come into force in 2018, and already many UK organisations are becoming aware of the impact that the new regulation will have. The imposition of heavy fines and the more onerous responsibilities placed upon data controllers and data processors are concentrating the minds of data protection officers in organisations large and small, in all sectors of business.

Safe4 are delighted to announce that Christine Andrews, Managing Director of DQM GRC, will be presenting at the Safe4 Conference in London on 17 November. Christine has many years’ experience in the field of regulation and compliance, and offers a deep understanding of what this means to different types of organisation. As well as appreciating the need to get to grips with the impact of GDPR, Christine and her team are skilled at advising on positive solutions and good practice that will allow data protection officers to have confidence that risks to their organisations are being minimised and compliance enhanced.

Ben Martin, director of Safe4, believes that “many of our customers have shown that they take data protection very seriously, and are making extensive use of the secure information management capabilities that the Safe4 system provides. Christine’s presentation will add valuable insight to the opportunities for improvement in current practice to ensure that the additional demands of GDPR are being met”.