Survey Reveals Almost Half of Organizations are not Familiar with GDPR

Campbell, CA., and London, UK – June 22, 2017 – Almost half of UK-based organizations still do not understand what the upcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are, according to research from Nexsan, a global leader in redefining unified storage. With the legislation coming into effect from May 25th 2018, organizations have less than a year to prepare, or risk fines of up to 4% of their global revenue.

Despite awareness efforts, a recent survey of over 100 respondents revealed that almost half (48%) did not know what GDPR is. The new legislation is set to replace the EU data protection directive and will hold organizations responsible for any personal data they retain. In addition, when asked about business preparations, only 40% could confirm that their organization is actively working towards compliance. The statistics revealed a clear challenge in the market and the difficulty appears to be in educating businesses about the new legislation.

Whether organizations keep data on-site, in the cloud or outsource to a third-party service provider, the fundamental responsibility for safeguarding this information lies with the data owner. IT professionals need to put measures in place to safeguard data, especially with the recent rise in ransomware attacks. Part of the new legislation requires all organizations to report certain types of data breaches to the relevant supervisory authority within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach. Depending on the nature of the data breach, in some cases organizations will have a duty to report it to the individuals affected. GDPR covers a wide range of areas and if organizations are storing any amount of consumer data it’s critical they educate themselves in preparation to comply.

Geoff Barrall, COO at Nexsan, commented: “Businesses need to start taking measures to ensure they will meet GDPR regulations. Interestingly, the survey noted an almost equal split in the market, which may suggest that those potentially vulnerable organizations are the ones still unaware of the new legislation. Whether cloud-based or physically onsite, it’s key to ensure that the storage solution used provides the required security in addition to traditional criteria such as performance, expandability, and flexibility. There are simple steps businesses can take to remain compliant within the context of their data management and security and here at Nexsan we’ve been delivering solutions to these problems for years. “

About Nexsan

Nexsan™ is leading the way in redefining unified storage. The company has been at the forefront in developing world-class storage technologies that are focused on the critical needs of our customers. Nexsan Unity™ is one of the first enterprise-class unified storage solutions to incorporate secure file sync and share in a single platform. Nexsan Assureon™ delivers secure archive storage for the most compliant of industries and our renowned E-Series is the storage backbone of many data centres around the world due to its high performance, reliable, high density storage. Nexsan is headquartered in Campbell, CA. For more information, please visit: www.nexsan.com.

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