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Brexit uncertainty calls for ongoing vigilance in data protection and cyber security, says IT Governance

24/06/2016

IT Governance, the global provider of cyber security, IT governance, risk management and compliance expertise, is urging organisations to take an ongoing and vigilant approach to data protection and cyber security despite the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote.
 
IT Governance encourages organisations to act in accordance with data protection laws and take a proactive approach against cyber crime. Now more than ever, as the scale of cyber crime continues to increase, it is essential that organisations safeguard their data by building a more robust cyber security posture – irrespective of the organisation’s size, line of business or location.
 
Alan Calder, the founder and executive chairman of IT Governance, says: “All
industries face months, if not years, of uncertainty following the Brexit vote. But there’s one thing we can be certain of: cyber crime will continue to increase in scale and severity. In these turbulent times, all organisations need to do everything they can to ensure they survive. That's why it's essential to continue investing in best-practice cyber defences to combat the growing cyber threat.”
 
One certainty in these uncertain times is that organisations are still under attack from cyber criminals. Another certainty is that data protection laws will not be affected by Brexit: organisations handling European resident’s data will still have to meet the requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
 
According to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Regulation will remain relevant to UK organisations, despite the referendum result. “If the UK is not part of the EU, then upcoming EU reforms to data protection law would not directly apply to the UK. But if the UK wants to trade with the Single Market on equal terms we would have to prove 'adequacy' - in other words UK data protection standards would have to be equivalent to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation framework starting in 2018.”
 
Although the UK may be leaving the European Union, international cyber crime continues and is here to stay. Organisations are encouraged to take a risk-based approach to data security and cyber crime, and to achieve compliance to the ISO 27001 information security management system (ISMS). The Standard encompasses people, processes and technology, and provides “a systematic approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving an organisation’s information security to achieve business objectives” (ISO/IEC 27001:2014).
 
IT Governance has built a decade-long track record of helping organisations successfully implement the ISO 27001 standard. IT Governance provides a single source for ISO 27001 products such as: the Standardbooksdocumentation toolkitstraining coursesconsultancy and software.
 
For more information on how IT Governance can help your organisation achieve an improved cyber security posture and compliance with the ISO 27001 standard, please visit our website, email servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk or call +44 (0)845 070 1750. 
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