Study finds IT professionals in the UK are more supportive of and informed about GDPR than their counterparts in the EU and the US.

GDPR preparation should be dominating boardroom and IT discussions as the May 2018 deadline approaches.

But how exactly are IT departments preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Research from Spiceworks seeks to answer this, and it found that IT professionals in the UK are more prepared and informed about GDPR than the rest of the EU and the US.

The results showed 40% of organisations in the UK have started to prepare for GDPR, compared to only 28% in rest of the EU and 5% in the US. Additionally, only 5% of IT professionals in the UK, 2% in rest of the EU and 2% in the US believe their company is fully prepared for GDPR. 43% of IT professionals in the US don’t believe GDPR will impact their organisation at all, compared to only 3% in the UK and 9% in the rest of the EU.

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Among those that do believe they’ll be impacted, the results showed IT professionals in the UK are the most concerned about potential GDPR fines if their organisation doesn’t comply.

32% of IT professionals in the UK are concerned about potential fines, compared to 29% in the rest of the EU and only 10% in the US. However, only 9% of IT professionals in the US and 36% in other EU countries believe they’re informed about GDPR and its impact on businesses, compared to 43% in the UK. Whether informed or not, however, it remains to be seen whether this will actually aid UK firms in implementing an effective GDPR strategy. But it can’t hurt.

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No matter if you live in the US or the EU, it’s important to at least start researching how GDPR may apply to your organisation.

Nearly half of IT departments aren’t preparing for GDPR due to a lack of prioritisation

Organisations that plan to prepare for GDPR are taking steps to document processes to prove compliance, while other common steps include training employees, conducting data audits, changing data management policies, and working with third-party consultants.

However, 15% of IT departments in the UK, 14% in the rest of the EU, and 21% in the US have no plans to prepare for GDPR in the next 12 months. Among those IT departments, nearly 50% said they aren’t preparing because it’s not a priority at their organisation. Many IT professionals also don’t understand the requirements while others lack the time, resources, and budget necessary to prepare.

Many IT professionals support GDPR but believe it will make their jobs more difficult

Although most businesses are not currently preparing for GDPR, the results show 65% of IT professionals in the UK and 59% in the rest of the EU are in favour of the data privacy regulations contained within GDPR. By contrast, only 37% of IT professionals in the US are in favour of the regulations.

“No matter if you live in the US or the EU, it’s important to at least start researching how GDPR may (or may not) apply to your organisation,” said Brian Sandison, network and server technician based in Scotland.

Source: Information Age

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