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Dell survey shows majority of firms in dark about Europe’s GDPR


October 11, 2016  


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Dell today announced results of a global survey on the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), revealing that organizations — both SMBs and large enterprises ‒ lack general awareness of the requirements of the new regulation, how to prepare for it, and the impact of non-compliance on data security and business outcomes.

Designed to strengthen protection of personal data for all EU citizens, the new regulation goes into effect in May 2018 and affects companies of all sizes, in all regions, and in all industries. Those not fully compliant when GDPR goes into effect risk significant fines, potential breaches and loss of reputation.

Survey results show that 82% of global IT and business professionals responsible for data security at both SMBs and enterprises are concerned with GDPR compliance. Although the majority of global IT and business professionals express compliance concerns, respondents lack general awareness of GDPR, and they are neither prepared for it now, nor expect to be when it goes into effect.

  • More than 80% of respondents say they know few details or nothing about GDPR
  • Less than one in three companies feel they are prepared for GDPR today
  • Close to 70% of IT and business professionals say they are not nor don’t know if their company is prepared for GDPR today, and only three per cent of these respondents have a plan for readiness
  • More than 75% of respondents outside Europe say they are not or don’t know if they are prepared for GDPR
  • Nearly all companies (97%) don’t have a plan in place when GDPR kicks off in 2018.

Results further revealed that while organizations realize failure to comply with GDPR will impact both data security and business outcomes, they are unclear on the extent of change required, or the severity of penalties for non-compliance and how changes will affect the business.

“This new regulation provides uniform data protection rights across the EU, and, to be in compliance, both European organizations and those outside of Europe that do business there must adopt an adaptive, user-centric, layered security model approach around the tenets of prevent, detect, respond and predict,” said Patrick Sweeney, vice president, product management and marketing, Dell SonicWALL.

“To be GDPR-compliant, they need security solutions that enable them to prevent attacks, detect a potentially dangerous presence in their networks, respond quickly to that threat, and analyze and report on the health of their networks in real time.”


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