87% of CIOs concerned about how the EU GDPR will affect their organisation

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to be enforced from 2018, and CIOs are already feeling the pressure. Research conducted by Egress Software Technologies showed that 87% of CIOs are already worried about how the new regulation will impact their organisation. If you are concerned, too, download this free guide to find out more about the GDPR.

This concern is directly related to CIOs’ efforts to deliver effective information and cyber security measures to keep the organisation secure from data breaches.

Information security priorities

When asked to identify their information security priorities, almost half (40%) of CIOs indicated external threats, followed by malicious insider threats (21.5%), accidental breaches caused by employees (21%) and, last, data breaches caused by technology issues (9.5%).

Staff are not collaborative enough, say CIOs

According to the report, 77% of CIOs complain that employees do not use the tools provided to share information securely. We don’t know what’s preventing staff from following CIOs’ guidelines, but a lack of communication is one of the most common causes.

E-learning courses are the easiest and most cost-effective solution to share information security policies and procedures throughout the whole organisation and to make sure they are understood, reducing your organisation’s exposure to security threats. We offer a wide range of staff awareness e-learning courses – see our suite.

The Cyber Essentials scheme helps CIOs

Is there a solution to reduce the risks posed by these internal and external threats? Yes, it’s Cyber Essentials. By implementing five security controls, you could secure your company from around 80% of Internet-based attacks, malicious internal staff, accidental misuse and software vulnerabilities. Cyber Essentials also generates other benefits, like improving business efficiency and increasing competitiveness.

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