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Businesses still leaking data as GDPR looms around the corner

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With less than ten days to go before GDPR kicks in, the countdown is on, and you’d think the majority of businesses would already be prepared for the upcoming regulation.

Well, if EfficientIP’s new report is to be believed, we are very far from that moment, and it’s only a matter of time before GDPR claims its first victim.

The new report, called DNS Threat Report, says a fifth of UK businesses have had their customer information stolen, which shows just how unprepared the UK is when it comes to GDPR. It also says other European countries, like Germany and France, are doing a much better job than the UK.

So, for example, 57 per cent of businesses in the UK have appointed a Digital Protection Officer, which is less than any of the nine countries surveyed.

Then, it seems the UK is spending less on getting ready. Our businesses spent, on average, $1,165,000 on GDPR preparations so far. France spent $1,584,000, Germany $1,752,000, and Spain spent $1,223,000.

And finally, about a third (32 per cent) of UK businesses understand the importance of DNS in keeping data safe.

David Williamson, CEO of EfficientIP summarized the research, saying, “Worryingly, the frequency and financial consequences of DNS attacks have risen and businesses are late in implementing purpose-built security solutions to prevent, detect and mitigate attacks. On the positive side, business and IT leaders globally now have a better understanding on why DNS is fundamental to ensuring business continuity and data confidentiality, so securing DNS has become a top priority for them."

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Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.