Why European Laws Matter to US CISOs
Why European Laws Matter to US CISOs

Europe seems poised to finalize the terms of the  EU General Data Protection Regulation by the end of the year. The EU GDPR is set to drastically chance data protection law, including an increase in penalties for a breach up to 2% of a corporation’s annual global turnover. While these new laws will have a large impact on European businesses and IT professionals, the GDPR will also have an impact on US IT departments.

In a new article on Fierce CIO, I discuss the ins and outs of Why new European privacy laws matter to US CIOs and CISOs. The bottom line of the discussion is that organizations without offices in the EU can still be fined and prosecuted under the upcoming regulation. This means that US-based organizations should be just as prepared for the upcoming GDPR as European organizations.

The GDPR applies to businesses outside the EU that process personal data collected through offering services or goods to citizens in the EU. If you have any EU customers, the GDPR will apply to you. In the article, I discuss:

  • The GDPR requirements on reporting a data breach
  • The increased penalties under the GDPR (which could exceed $100 million or 2% annual global turnover)
  • How to prepare for the GDPR with the right technology, training and regular security audits

In order to help you navigate the change, Absolute collaborated on a video series exploring 14 questions surrounding the proposed regulation and how to become compliant, addressing questions on how to prepare for future changes, top threats, and particular concerns about mobile devices and social media. I also invite you to read about the Top 5 Things You Need to Know about the EU GDPR, then take steps to Avoid the Pitfalls of the New EU Data Protection Regime.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen Treglia

Stephen Treglia was Legal Counsel to Absolute and oversaw more than 40 investigators and data analysts. Previous to this, Stephen concluded a 30-year career as a prosecutor in New York, having created and supervised one of the world’s first computer crime units from 1997-2010. Stephen is a renowned nationwide lecturer, teacher and writer on a variety of legal topics.