The closer we get to May 2018, the more buzz there is around GDPR. As a business owner you will be used to making decisions and it is clear that you need to make one now. Stick or twist. Ignore the pending legislation or understand the impact. At least if you understand the impact and still chose to ignore it, you’ve made an informed decision. By reading on you will be more informed than when you started.
“How did it get so late so soon?” Dr Seuss
It is now less than 1 year before the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. This new legislation is the biggest change to data protection in many, many years. The current regulation was created before so much of our lives and personal information was online and used for other purposes.
As businesses become more comfortable with using Cloud services, the rate of adoption has accelerated. As well as more traditional hosted applications – like Microsoft Office 365 – organisations have the option to outsource even more of their operating environment, including the humble desktop PC.
There seems to be a never-ending stream of statistics about data security and ransomware these days. Everybody wants to raise your awareness of cyber security (don’t worry, we’re not going throw any more stats at you). We’re assuming that by now you’re aware that it is an issue.
It dominated the business headlines in 2016. Now, as all the Brexit talk moves closer to becoming reality, many UK businesses who have adopted cloud, are probably wondering about the effects of a pending departure from the EU. This is particularly relevant where you consume cloud services from suppliers in another country.
Whether businesses are willing to admit it or not, the use of personal devices on the company network is increasing. Some organisations continue to push back against bring your own device (BYOD), while others have embraced the inevitable – nearly 60% now permit employees to connect their own smartphones and tablets to company systems.
The run up to Christmas is typically very busy for all businesses, as people rush to buy gifts, or rush through preparations for the new year. This seasonal spike in activity needs to be planned and managed carefully, ensuring there are enough resources in place to cover the increase in demand.
It’s unfortunate that things like this happen but the reality is, there are individuals out there with bad intentions. If thieves can break into a secure facility like this, what’s to stop them from breaking into your office? The reality is that it happens on a regular basis. It happened right next door to our old offices a few years ago. Thieves climbed up scaffolding over the weekend, broke a window and took everything. Imagine opening the door to your office on Monday morning and all of your servers are gone. Or a fire, like the recent one in Holborn, destroyed your office and all of your IT. Would your business survive? Could your staff still be productive? I once heard that something like 80% of business who suffer a loss like this close their doors within 5 years. The loss of assets, data and reputation is hard to recover.
If you haven’t considered cloud for your most prized company possession, maybe now is the time!