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UK Firms See Employees at Risk to GDPR Compliance

employees are a greater risk to successful compliance with the EU’s GDPR

A survey has shown employees are a greater risk to successful compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) than current IT systems.

According to a poll by Bluesource, three-fifths of senior IT figures across 200 medium to large organisations regard staff as the biggest threat to GDPR compliance, while just 40% believe their current IT systems pose risks with less than a year to go to the compliance deadline of 25th May 2018.

The survey also revealed that although 50% of respondents are taking steps to prepare for GDPR compliance, 30% still believe the regulation will not affect them and 20% are unsure about what to do next.

Most of those surveyed said the increased financial impact of fines and the expected frequency of their enforcement is a major concern.

Ninety per cent indicated that a non-compliance fine would result in huge reputational damage for their organisation and a loss of trust from customers.

However, 45% have already nominated a member of a specific departmental function, including legal, compliance and IT security, to dedicate to privacy and GDPR initiatives.

Sean Hanford, information governance consultant at Bluesource, said research across UK organisations indicates that a gap remains between GDPR awareness and action.

He said: “There must be a swift attitude change towards data protection and staff clearly require better skills so that they become more data savvy.”

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