Is your business prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation update?

In 2018, data protection legislation is due to be significantly updated for the first time in 20 years, and for most businesses, this means making substantial changes to the way data is collected and stored.

Despite Brexit and its implications, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) will still be implemented in the UK in 2018. It is designed to ensure data is properly managed and data destruction is correctly undertaken when necessary. Companies who flout the regulations risk receiving a fine of up to 4% of annual turnover.

Data security: now a priority

The new legislation demands that new workflows are implemented by UK businesses to ensure that data security is a top priority. As a result, IT managers will need to have processes put in place to track data, as opposed to simply having an inventory of company devices. This is due in part to an increasing number of enterprises choosing cloud-based technology to access data (for example, mobile-accessible CRM systems and accounting software).

Protecting your brand

Hard drive destruction to ensure end-of-life data is correctly disposed of isn’t just a formality. With the introduction of the GDPR, there are potentially serious financial and reputational implications for any business who doesn’t fall in line, so the importance of IT disposal cannot be understated.

IT departments may find a greater need to collaborate and communicate with other departments to ensure shared data is secure, and in some instances hard drive destruction processes may need to change.

A hard drive destruction service you can rely on

Whether your enterprise is in need of hard drive destruction, computer recycling, computer disposal or computer remarketing services, AssetCare has a variety of solutions to ensure your data is securely erased in compliance with all UK rules and regulations.

When hardware destruction is required, the AssetCare shredding service can take care of hard disks, DLT tapes and mobile phones which can be shredded to 6mm.

If you intend to reuse or resell any assets, professional data cleaning methods can be used to erase magnetic hard drives quickly, easily and securely.

Don’t leave it too late to comply

GDPR is one of the most far-reaching issues IT departments are set to face next year, and it’s important for your business to be prepared. This means budgeting to include the costs of any tools or services required to meet regulations. Now is a great time to take a look at your current data processes to identify what needs to change.