UK employees biggest threat to GDPR compliance

A survey has revealed that employees are considered a substantial risk when it comes to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). According to a Bluesource poll, 60% of senior IT executives view their staff as the biggest threat to GDPR compliance, and 40% considered their IT systems their main risk.

Sean Hanford, information governance consultant at Bluesource, said: “There must be a swift attitude change towards data protection and staff clearly require better skills so that they become more data savvy.”

Key findings

80% believed that they would face major challenges with GDPR compliance, including increasing security around Cloud environments.

90% stated that a non-compliance fine would have huge repercussions, namely losing the trust of suppliers, customers and staff.

20% are yet to consider nominating a GDPR resource and 35% believe that it will be a challenge to find someone appropriately qualified.

50% are taking the next steps towards GDPR compliance, but a shocking 30% still believe that the Regulation will not affect them and the other 20% are unsure of their next steps.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reiterated that “the GDPR will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018”. If you are unsure of your next steps towards GDPR compliance, read our ‘List of free GDPR resources’ blog here.

How can IT Governance help?

We offer a range of resources to help you comply with the GDPR. With less than ten months until the GDPR takes effect, it is crucial that you make sure everyone in your organisation knows about the Regulation and how it will affect them.

To reduce the risk of employee errors, our GDPR Staff Awareness E-learning Course is an effective way of introducing the GDPR to your staff and will allow them to gain a better understanding of the new Regulation’s requirements.

Those who are already involved in data protection or who wish to enter the field might want to consider our specialised GDPR training courses.

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