GDPR: Protect your data, recover more quickly

Aug 17, 2017

ITProPortal asks Bridgeworks CEO David Trossell to share advice on how to get GDPR compliant.


You don’t necessarily have to go out to buy new network, storage and IT infrastructure generally to achieve compliance with GDPR.

On 25th May 2018 the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force. Despite the Brexit negotiations UK companies will have to comply with them, and Article 5 of the regulations requires companies to take particular care of personal, sensitive data. It obligates that data must be “processed in a manner that ensure appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical measures.”

Organisations therefore need to ensure that compliance is upheld by conducting regular audits and by being aware of the biggest threats to their businesses. Nigel Wright, Managing Director of Legal Futures Associates, highlights just some of them in his blog, ‘The Five Biggest IT Threats To Your Firm’s GDPR compliance’.


“Your organisation may find that it’s leaving itself open to either an attack or a complete disaster due to having failed to back up regularly.”

– David Trossell, CEO Bridgeworks, LTD


Backing up your data is crucial. “Data is, without doubt, one of the greatest assets to any business enterprise, especially with GDPR coming into force next year. A commitment to backing up your data is therefore a crucial component of ensuring continued business success”, writes Clare Hopping in her article for IT Pro – ‘Data Recovery – Why Is It So Important?’ on 23rd June 2017….and she’s right, your data requires your attention because it’s what makes your business profitable. So it’s an imperative to invest in the right solutions.

She says the problem is that “Research by StollzNow, reveals that a staggering 49 per cent of businesses have reported data loss in the last 2 years. With half of all businesses surveyed experiencing data loss, it’s clear that this is an extremely widespread and serious issue with potentially diabolical consequences.” The study also found that more than 50 per cent of SMEs don’t back up their data. Yet failing to back up their data could put their business at risk of failing.  Even more worrying is that 85 per cent of these SMEs have no offsite backup capability.

The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to go out to buy new network, storage and IT infrastructure generally to achieve compliance with GDPR. What you already have is often sufficient. However, you need to invest today to ensure that your data is safe well into the future. This requires you to act to protect your organisation now as there is no cost-savings in complacency.

Disaster can strike anytime, and so it’s best to work on ensuring that you are compliant with GDPR before it comes into force. Complacency could leave you vulnerable to attack, or at risk of losing data through other means, and subsequently you could be at risk of failing to meet the requirements of the legislation. Prevention is better than a cure.


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