In light of the news that surfaced overnight regarding the European Commission leaking personal data on its website, which, for other organisations, would be considered a breach of the GDPR just days after the deadline came into force, Anthony Chadd, Senior Director of EMEA at Neustar commented below.

Anthony Chadd, Senior Director EMEA at Neustar:

“Achieving GDPR compliance is a clear challenge for organisations, so much so that, following a leak of personal data on its website, even the European Commission has failed to meet its own standards.

While the Commission has confirmed the rules do not apply to it directly, this proves is that no organisation should sit back and be complacent when it comes to protecting sensitive data – whether that be through avoiding breaches like this or through preventing information being stolen following targeted cyberattacks.

Today’s cyber criminals are savvy and are hyper aware of the changing cyber landscape. They will stop at nothing to gain access to websites through sly tactics such as multi-vector attacks – for example using DDoS attacks to plant ransomware or viruses and steal classified information. To meet the new data standards and evade being hit by hefty fines and considerable dents in reputations, companies must ensure consumers’ data is protected in an equally measured and robust way.

While, last week, organisations worked to put the final precautions in place to ensure GDPR compliance, what will be imperative now is that employees and consumers alike are proactive in their ongoing education. This will involve being kept up-to-date and informed on the constantly evolving cyber-threat landscape to prevent data getting in the wrong hands.”

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