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GDPR moving closer, organisations standing still

The GDPR is drawing ever closer, but organisations which will be directly affected by it still don't know how to approach the new regulation, a new study by Dell has shown. Ever since it was unveiled that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in May 2018, surveys have been done to see if companies are preparing themselves for it, and if they will be ready to comply with it in time. 

Never have these reports shown positive or encouraging results, and these new ones by Dell are no different. Still, organisations aren't even close to being prepared. More than 80 per cent said they knew close to nothing about GDPR. Less than a third are ready for GDPR today. Almost 70 per cent of IT and business professionals said they are not, and that they don't know if their companies are ready.  Just three per cent actually have a plan of action. Germany feels most prepared (44 per cent), while Benelux is at the opposite end (26 per cent).  

More than 75 per cent of polled organisations outside the EU don't know a thing about GDPR, and 97 don't have a plan of action once GDPR actually kicks in. 

“The European Union General Data Protection Regulation is the first update to European data protection laws since 1995, when the Internet was in its infancy and the constantly evolving cyber threats we know today did not exist,” said John Milburn, vice president and general manager, Dell One Identity Solutions.  

“This survey reinforces the global lack of general understanding of GDPR, the scope of the regulation, and what organisations need to do to avoid stringent penalties. Results also show that while some organisations “think” they are prepared, they will be in for a rude awakening if they experience a breach or must face an audit and are subject to the consequences of non-compliance with GDPR.” The full survey can be found on this link (opens in new tab).      

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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.