The results of the Spring 2017 Thames Valley Business Barometer are now out!

This time around 96 companies took part in the biannual Barometer which provides a snapshot of economic confidence and business performance across the region.

The latest Business Barometer also looked at data protection matters and in particular, the region’s awareness and preparation for the new EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Coming into force on 25th May 2018, we were pleased to see that 87% of respondents reported being aware of the new regulations. Despite this awareness, however, almost half of businesses surveyed (47%) have yet to put processes in place to ensure they will be compliant. Read more here.

 

                                       

 

Sophos Intercept: Exploits = Intercepted. Ransomware = Intercepted.
GDPR, you can run but you can't hide....

After months of public debating, the binary answer to what is likely to be the most momentous decision the UK will make in my lifetime was finally within reach. The ultimate question was answered: the UK was to leave the EU, but what is left in its place? More questions. Forever etched into my memory will be the morning of the 25th of June 2016 when my first thought upon waking up to my nemesis alarm tone was not the usual “where is the snooze button?”, but finding my television remote control.

It was just two months earlier that social media was awash with articles about the final drafting of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the final two-year countdown on a European data protection project which had begun four years earlier. A directive which in cahoots with our European cousins would unify and modernise our well designed, yet creaky Data Protection Act (DPA). Was this now to be scrapped? Uncertainty reigned supreme as subsequent social media articles admitted “we just don’t know”.  Read more here   

Article by: Chris Payne, Core to Cloud Cybersecurity Partner

                                       

 

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