Why middle management and the board disagree on GDPR
Data Privacy and Security

Why middle management and the board disagree on GDPR

A new global research study – conducted by Clearswift  – across the UK, US, Germany and Australia reveals that just 21% of middle management believe they are ready for GDPR. This compares to 41% of board members. We speak to Guy Bunker, SVP of products to get his take on the findings.  

 

Why do you think there is such a disconnect between the views of middle management and the board when it comes to GDPR?

In essence, the Board knows what should be going on (often what they are told is going on) however, the practice is often different – and that’s where the middle management and views from other staff come in. Shortcuts to working processes are frequently done to make things easier for the individual but also frequently create security issues. The classic example is emailing work to the individual’s home email account so they can work on it at home over the weekend… this is where talking to the staff to understand the reality is required to help improve processes without compromising security.

 

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Robert Edwards on February 20 2018

My experience is that businesses read what the 'techsperts' spout about IT security measures and become a little complacent, thinking that if you have firewalls, up to date software patches and everything up to machine gun nests protecting the data then everything will be fine. GDPR is primarily about ethics, not IT. The privacy of the individual is paramount; so it's not about an organisation's ability to protect personal information but whether there's a legitimate reason for them to hold it. Business owners who process personal data in immense quantities are like rabbits in headlights when faced with the requirements of GDPR, but the process of achieving compliance is actually quite simple if you can take the legislation apart and break it down into a process. That's been our approach from day 1 (although we knew that there would be some necessary adjustments resulting from derogated legislation from the UK's new Data Protection Act). Once you create a process it only requires a tweak here and there to conform to changes.

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Robert Edwards on February 20 2018

My experience is that businesses read what the 'techsperts' spout about IT security measures and become a little complacent, thinking that if you have firewalls, up to date software patches and everything up to machine gun nests protecting the data then everything will be fine. GDPR is primarily about ethics, not IT. The privacy of the individual is paramount; so it's not about an organisation's ability to protect personal information but whether there's a legitimate reason for them to hold it. Business owners who process personal data in immense quantities are like rabbits in headlights when faced with the requirements of GDPR, but the process of achieving compliance is actually quite simple if you can take the legislation apart and break it down into a process. That's been our approach from day 1 (although we knew that there would be some necessary adjustments resulting from derogated legislation from the UK's new Data Protection Act). Once you create a process it only requires a tweak here and there to conform to changes.

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