The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in full swing by 25th May 2018 and organisations that don’t comply will be putting themselves at risk.
The regulation will set in place restrictions and guidelines on the management of data within any business which processes information about an EU citizen. The penalties for data breaches are profoundly increasing too, costing a maximum £17.9 million or 4% of an organisation’s global turnover, whichever is greater. As a result, the risks of poor security are higher than ever and organisations must therefore consider protecting their entire IT estate, starting with their most vulnerable network devices.
What does GDPR mean for your business?
GDPR brings a bundle of changes to the way businesses must handle data if they process any information about an EU citizen, from the introduction of a dedicated Data Protection Officer, to simply managing and collecting data for specific time periods and uses. Take a look at our 5 Step Guide to Achieve EU Data Compliance for further information.
Protect your most vulnerable devices
Beyond stricter control implementation, the best way for a business to avoid non-compliance is simply by investing in network security to prevent breaches from occurring in the first place. Printers are often the most vulnerable devices on a corporate network, hence printer hacking has been on the rise. Protecting your printers will help you close the most obvious security gap and make infiltration harder for intruders. In comparison to other devices on the network, printers are left exposed during three key operational stages:
1. At start-up
2. When an application or firmware is booted
3. During continuous operation
By protecting printers at these three critical stages – and ensuring security policies are upheld across the business – you can minimise security risks and reduce the chance of GDPR non-compliance.
To learn more about protecting your most vulnerable devices and how to fill security gaps at these three key stages of operation, download our Executive Summary.
Even by securing printers, scanners and other MFPs, you can only minimise the chances of a security breach. No organisation in the world can be completely secure. You can be sure, however, by taking a holistic approach to data centre, PC, mobile device and MFP security, you’re in the best position to prove to regulators that you have taken every possible measure to avoid an attack, significantly reducing the penalties and fines faced should you find yourself in the worst-case scenario.