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Are You Ready For GDPR?

Kelly Heij

On May 25, the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) kicks in for all individuals based in the EU. The GDPR is aimed at strengthening and unifying data protection — and according to Fox-IT’s Kelly Heij, a lot of companies may be underprepared. “I think there will be a lot of companies who need to change their security-awareness level,” Heij said, “as well as their tools and their policies to meet up to this law.”

Her advice? Read through and understand the entire regulation — you can visit the EU’s GDPR Portal at eugdpr.org — and have an action plan in place in the event of a privacy breach. “I really strongly advise all companies to make sure that they are well prepared and well informed about this law, that they know what it contains and what to do whenever they do get hacked or there is a data breach,” Heij said. “Get an overview of what the risks are and what could happen, and then make sure you’re prepared.”

Jasmine Zhu