GDPR: Accountability Knocks

Firms operating within the EU have until 2018 to ensure they comply with incoming data protection regulation

After four years in the making, the general data protection regulation (GDPR) was approved on April 14 by the European Parliament. Companies now have two years to become compliant – or face a fine of up to 4% of global turnover.

The regulation, which replaces the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), puts the onus on firms to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their data.

The Future of Cyber Security will have a dedicated afternoon focussing purely on the new legislation and what it means to your organisation and provide insight and advice to help you organisation put the right procedures in place ensuring the safety and accountability and what it means to you.

Overcoming attackers as threats increase

The threat of a cyber attack is increasing as tools and techniques become more complex and sophisticated. This is seeing attack volumes growing as criminals find new ways to expose and steal data - and their motivation can be political or criminal.

Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common. In October 2015, it emerged that internet giant TalkTalk had been hacked and customers’ personal details accessed; the perpetrator believed to be a 15 year old boy.

An attack on French TV channel TV5 Monde highlighted Europe’s vulnerability to high-tech cyber criminality. Meanwhile, when extra-marital affair website Ashley Madison was hacked in August 2015, personal data linked to more than 30 million user accounts was leaked online.

Carphone Warehouse also revealed last year that the personal details of as many as 2.4 million customers may have been accessed by hackers, including names, addresses, date of birth information and bank details.

It can hit any industry. Also in October, the National Crime Agency (NCA) confirmed that at least £20m has been stolen from UK bank accounts using a complex virus called Dridex

The costs begin to surge as soon as an event happens: TalkTalk’s stock price dropped by 10% just after it was breached. Cyber attacks can average £4.1m a year in costs for UK firms, according to a study by HP Enterprise Security and the Ponemon Institute.

The effect on European firms can be devastating. In a bid to address this, the European Union’s Digital Agenda sees security as vital to a vibrant digital society, and sets out actions to improve cyber security readiness.

It outlines the importance of government and businesses working together, identifying threats and learning how to manage them in this increasingly complex environment. 

The leading cyber security conference for senior professionals

iMM Group is proud to host The Future of Cyber Security Europe 2016 – a national cyber security conference that focuses on how organisations can protect themselves, customers, employees and citizens. Due to the popularity and success of our previous events, we have expanded the scope and size of the conference to Europe and beyond.

Capitalising on the success of previous events, this one-day cyber security conference brings 400-500 senior decision-makers face to face with leading cyber security specialists. Covering the strategic needs of all enterprises, the conference provides delegates with a unique opportunity to learn from thought leaders in the field.

A programme with a difference

The Future of Cyber Security Europe 2016 features a unique programme that allows delegates to choose the topics that interest them most.

Sessions in the morning will deliver top level intelligence briefings on the European Union’s Digital Agenda. Rather than simply delivering a generic overview of the latest developments, these sessions will be structured in a practical way that helps delegates to enhance the cyber security strategies of their organisations.

In the afternoon, delegates will learn key strategic information on the hottest topics in cyber security at the moment, delivered by major organisations that are leading the thinking and development in these fields.

Learn more about The Future of Cyber Security Europe 2016  or register as a delegate.

Unrivalled opportunities for cyber security specialists

The associated The Future of Cyber Security Europe 2016 exhibition provides suppliers in this field with an unrivalled platform to showcase their products and services. 

The exhibition will benefit from a high volume of visitors throughout the day, with the targeted nature of the conference drawing a national audience of senior decision-makers. 

Learn more about The Future of Cyber Security Europe 2016 or contact us if you would like to register as an exhibitor. As always, we extend a very warm welcome to all our colleagues who share a commitment to improving data security.

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