*This article was originally written by Melissa Lin for TopTal.
"Think of [cybersecurity] more as safety and security in roads and cars. The car hasn’t really changed in the last 30 years, but a lot of security is built in, and it’s not sexy until the moment it saves your life. You’ve got bits that are hidden – airbags – and bits there to remind you to be safe like seatbelts…Some of it is about good behaviour and good attitude, some of it is about physical security to remind you there is a risk, and some of it is baked in to save you.”
– Sian John, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist at Symantec
We’ll admit it. Cybersecurity isn’t sexy. However, in today’s digital age, cybersecurity has become increasingly critical for large corporations and small startups alike. Today, the stakes are higher than ever, as “every company has become a tech company.” Technology has become more than a supplement to a company’s operations, and in many cases, the assets living on their network are their core operations. This is compounded by the fact that hacks are becoming commonplace due to the rise of mobile usage and internet of things, as well as the growing ecosystem of cybercriminals.
Tomorrow, May 25th, 2018, is the day the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in EU becomes in effect.
Even though this is an EU policy, it globally sets a new bar for user data protection. The original EU legislation (the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive) only governed entities within the EU. However, the sheer scope of the GDPR is far more extensive in that it also refers to non-EU businesses who either, A) market products to people in the EU or who, B) monitor the behavior of people in the EU.