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February 2018, Vol. 20, No. 1

GDPR breach notification: Time to focus on the requirements

As U.S. companies scramble to meet the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, security professionals question whether they can implement changes in time for the May 25, 2018, deadline. It's not clear whether they have the tools and processes in place to properly respond to the 72-hour GDPR breach notification requirement. "I think the 72-hour time period is a really quick turnaround," said Bob West, CEO of consultancy Echelon One. "Even many of the banks I worked with on this were in a reactionary mode. And if the banks are reactionary, think about everyone else." The mandatory 72-hour GDPR breach notification period has security professionals concerned because the U.S. has no national data breach notification requirement, and the hodgepodge of 48 state laws that exist typically require notification within 30 to 45 days. With potential sanctions and fines of up to $20 million or 4% of global revenue, companies are on alert. GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive of 1995. The GDPR breach notification ...

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