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Is your email ready for GDPR?

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October 10, 2017

From 25th May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Act (1998), introducing a number of key changes that will impact all businesses that process the personal information of EU citizens. Personal information includes employees, customers, suppliers etc. This regulation extends the right of individuals and requires organisations to implement clear policies and procedures to protect personal data, using both technical and organisational measures.

The potential consequences of GDPR non-compliance and data breaches is far greater than previously, under the Data Protection Act. In terms of financial penalties, companies will receive fines of €20 million or 4% annual turnover, whichever is the greatest. In addition, companies may be subject to legal action for failing to offer a timely response to subject access requests and run the risk of reputational damage.

It is estimated that 91% of data breaches start with email. By nature, email contains a great deal of personal data, and is especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Architecting a security, privacy, and governance solution for email is essential. Solutions such as Mimecast provide this solution, which also offers a natural first step for bringing your organisation into compliance with GDPR, avoiding hefty fines. Through prevention, management and maintenance, Mimecast can be trusted to protect personal data.

To prevent cyber-attacks via email, Mimecast provides multilayer protection against the latest threats, offer specific tools for data leak prevention, stops viruses and spam, provides secure messaging for the sharing of confidential information and detailed logs for breach detection and notification. Emails are managed in a secure, perpetual storage of encrypted data with granular retention management and tagging and detailed audit logs.

Mimecast operate to ensure uninterrupted access to email and archive, even in instances where the primary system is unavailable, with threat protection and content policies maintained at all times. Email can continuously be accessed via Outlook, mobile, web and Mac devices.

Learn more about the Mimecast email solution and GDPR by contacting Eventura.

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