A quick guide to GDPR

What is GDPR?

With cyber-attacks and data security in the news every other day and the increase in online protection, you may have heard the term “GDPR” banded around. GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation and replaces the now almost obsolete Data Protection Act 1998, which was largely aimed at protecting data stored on paper files and letters in a filing cabinet and basic IT systems. The mass use of email and internet with data being sent around the world almost instantaneously to multiple recipients, the advent of social media and cloud computing, and the new threat of cyber-crime has completely changed the world of data protection.

Who does it concern?

The short answer is everyone! Whilst GDPR is an EU regulation, it will have a global impact and will affect companies all over the world, as any business that keeps even a single European customer or a user’s personal data, will be required to adhere to the new regulation.

When is this coming into effect?

The GDPR will come into effect in the UK on 25 May 2018 and organisations that handle European data need to have fully implemented the regulation or face severe penalties.

What if you ignore the GDPR?

The punishments are big! Non-compliance can incur hefty fines of up to 20 million Euros or 4% of the group’s annual turnover (whichever is larger). Is it worth the risk?

How can you improve data security?

Keeping data secure is at the core of GDPR and OGL Computer is here to help you. Our IT Solutions Division offers high-level data security in our state-of the-art data centre in Worcestershire. Close to our offices, you can rest assured that your data is secure in the cloud at a highly-protected location which houses a complex array of servers, storage devices, monitoring systems and cables. It also has the latest equipment in place to keep the hardware protected including cooling systems, fire prevention, and power distribution.

Key benefits our data centre service offers…

  • All data stored in the UK
  • Proactive approach to cyber-crime prevention to safeguard your data
  • CCTV coverage, 24/7 security team and anti-tailgating mantrap security door
  • Building entry only by pre-arranged formal process
  • Confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of processing systems and services
  • Ability to restore
  • ISO 27001 accredited - testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organisation measures
  • Ensuring GDPR compliance for May 2018

For more information…

In order to be compliant with the GDPR regulations, you need to start thinking now about your responsibility to secure your business data before it’s too late.

OGL has a range of data storage and sharing options available that can be tailored to suit the needs of your business.

For more information visit: https://www.ogl.co.uk/the-ogl-cloud or call 01299 873 873 to talk to one of our data hosting and security experts.

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