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Nearly half of UK small businesses believe a cyberattack could close their business

Every second small and medium-sized business in the UK could be forced to close if they were hit by a major cyberattack, a new study suggests.

The report, titled “Size Does Matter,” details the challenging climate for UK SMBs in a time of rapid political, economic and social change.

Full article: Nearly half of UK small businesses believe a cyberattack could close their business

GDPR Compliance Lowers Data Breach Frequency and Impact Says Report

Companies that follow the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) experience extra benefits such as lower frequency and effect of data breaches, as well as fewer records being impacted in the attacks, shorter downtimes and lower overall costs.

Full article: GDPR Compliance Lowers Data Breach Frequency and Impact Says Report

Data security is a major issue in GDPR compliance

On Thursday, Cisco released its 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study which explored how the new privacy regulations have impacted the enterprise.

It shows only 59 percent of the enterprises believe they are meeting the EU’s regulatory requirements today.

Source: Data security is a major issue in GDPR compliance | ZDNet

Researchers Allege ‘Systemic’ Privacy, Security Flaws in Popular IoT Devices

A new report found that a dozen connected devices are open to several security and privacy issues.

Researchers said they specifically analyzed devices’ privacy policy to understand where data is being shared; monitored traffic and communication patterns; collected full packet data for manual reviews of communications; and performed analyses of devices’ complementary Android applications.

Full article: Researchers Allege ‘Systemic’ Privacy, Security Flaws in Popular IoT Devices

Security is the no. 1 IT barrier to cloud and SaaS adoption

Security is the top barrier in cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) adoption for enterprise IT infrastructures, according to a Ping Identity report released on Wednesday.

Some 43% of IT professionals surveyed said that security is the biggest obstacle for cloud adoption, and 37% said security is also the biggest barrier to SaaS adoption, said the report.

Source: Security is the no. 1 IT barrier to cloud and SaaS adoption – TechRepublic

UK trade sector risks GDPR fines over poor data disposal

UK businesses in the trade sector are risking GDPR fines for failing to wipe data from old IT equipment, a survey shows.

The finding is linked to the survey’s finding that 71% of all UK businesses in the trade sector do not have an official process or protocol for disposing of obsolete IT equipment.

Full article: UK trade sector risks GDPR fines over poor data disposal

Survey: Americans Warming to Use of Facial Recognition Tech

A growing number of Americans are OK with the facial recognition technology, especially if it increases public safety, according to a national survey released Monday.

The survey found only one in four Americans believe the federal government should strictly limit the use of facial biometrics technology. The survey also indicates Americans are more likely to support any apparent tradeoff to their own privacy caused by facial recognition technology if it benefits law enforcement, reduces shoplifting or speeds up airport security lines.

Full article: Survey: Americans Warming to Use of Facial Recognition Tech – Nextgov

Regulatory compliance will have a positive impact on European organisations

A recent survey reveals that while four in five data experts and IT professionals believe that the requirement to comply with stronger, more stringent data management regulations (like GDPR), will be a long-term benefit to their organisations, only one in five were fully confident in their business’ level of compliance with current data protection legislation.

Full article: Regulatory compliance will have a positive impact on European organisations, says poll

Can GDPR Work for Health Scientific Research?

On October 22, 2018, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), and the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL) hosted a workshop in Brussels, “Can GDPR Work for Health Scientific Research?,” to discuss the processing of personal data for health scientific research purposes under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Workshop report is now available.

Full article: FPF, EFPIA, and CIPL Workshop Report Now Available: “Can GDPR Work for Health Scientific Research?”

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