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Organisations are still not GDPR compliant, say 68 per cent of respondents to Infosecurity Europe

It’s almost one year on since GDPR came into force yet there appears to be a lack of confidence in its application according to the latest Twitter poll from Infosecurity Europe 2019 . The majority of respondents to the poll (68 per cent) believe that organisations have not taken the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) seriously and are still not compliant.

A lack of doubt in its enforcement is reflected by further results of the poll. When asked if respondents believe that GDPR regulators are being too relaxed when it comes to enforcing standards and following up with organisations, almost half (47 per cent) agreed that they were.

Governance, risk and compliance continue to be a key issue being faced by the cybersecurity industry and is also one of the top trends within the cybersecurity industry in 2019, according to Infosecurity Magazine’s second annual State of Cybersecurity Report, which is based on interviews with  industry professionals from across the globe and is scheduled to be launched at Infosecurity Europe, this year.

 

Early exclusive extracts taken from the cybersecurity report, indicate that despite compliance being the standout industry trend in the 2018 report, it has dropped in the 2019 report. That said, report respondents indicate that regulatory controls will remain a driver in the EU and beyond. Others mention the failures of data protection regulators to actually push the regulatory charges. However, they believe GDPR and other compliance regulations have done a lot to promote the cause for effective incident response.

The Infosecurity Europe twitter poll revealed that just over a third (38 per cent) believe that GDPR compliance has dominated their organisation in the last 12 months and hindered their plans for other cybersecurity projects. This indicates that some cybersecurity initiatives have continued, despite the weight of GDPR on all organisations to become compliant, or face hefty fines.