New EU data rules provoke IT security review

New EU data rules provoke IT security review

Information security could be in line for changes thanks to an opportunity provided by The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to network and enterprise security firm Palo Alto Networks.

The company’s Chief Security Officer for Europe, Greg Day, said:

“Hopefully the new regulation expected to be in force by spring 2018 will prove to a catalyst for change.

“It is time for most organisations to bite the bullet, to let go of what has worked in the past, and to transition to a more modern approach to information security.”

Day believes that most companies are continuing to use an “analogue” approach  to solving digital problems. He said that what previously worked is no longer as effective due to automated attacks being made at computer speed.

Palo Alto Networks commissioned a survey showing that close to two thirds (64%) of security alerts are found to be duplicates, with around 52% being false positives.

It added that organisations should stop viewing security alerts on a one-by-one basis and that it has created a number of technologies that together can provide organisations with a more complete picture of security.

UK firms could benefit from additional information in order to prevent and recognise potential cyber threats. In order to really take advantage of the updated regulations, however, they should create IT security jobs in order to have someone on board who can speak the language of security and possesses the knowhow to deal with threats.

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