CIS prepares local firms for new EU Data Protection Regulation

By Anita Jaynes on 23 December, 2015

Faringdon based CIS is preparing local businesses for the changes in data protection regulation expected to be introduced in early 2016.

A series of free seminars are being hosted to inform companies on how the new legislation will affect their business and what they need to do to be compliant and avoid the fines that come with data breaches.

These educational events will be hosted inside CIS’s military grade data centre, deep inside a nuclear bunker.

Events are planned for:

  • 28th January 2016
  • 31st March 2016
  • 26th May 2016

CIS specialises in private cloud services, IT managed services, consultancy and security. Established in 1993 the firm works with companies across the south west and nationwide.

What you need to know about the EU Data Protection Regulation- An Overview

Under the new rules organisations must:

  • Implement appropriate security measures to protect personal data
  • Have a clear data protection policy
  • Have a named data protection officer (except SMEs)

Fines for unprotected data breaches will range up to €100 million or 5% of annual turnover

If you suffer a breach and can show that the personal data cannot be accessed by unauthorised people (i.e it was encrypted):

  • The likelihood of being fined should be very greatly reduced
  • You won’t need to notify affected data subjects of the breach

CIS partners with Sophos Group market leaders in security software and hardware. A recent Sophos survey revealed:

  • Nearly two-thirds (65%) are worried about their corporate data
  • 49% are NOT clear on their organisation’s data security policy
  • 49% of company laptops are NOT encrypted
  • Only 23% secure both customer and employee data

This highlights that many firms need to carry out significant action to secure personal data and comply with the upcoming regulation.

To ensure you know the rules to secure your company click here to register your attendance at one of CIS’s free seminars planned for 2016.

To find out more about CIS including the services they provide visit: or call 01367 70055