How to comply with information security laws and regulations

With cyber attacks regularly making the headlines, there is growing pressure on regulators to root out organisations that fail to comply with their obligations to protect data. To stay secure and avoid regulatory action, organisations need to identify the laws and regulations that apply to their organisation and put in place measures to meet their requirements. How much work you’ll need to do will depend on your current level of compliance, so you should start any compliance project with a gap analysis. To give you an idea of the steps you’ll need to take, we’ve outlined a few key points
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Finding laws and regulations that are relevant to your organisation

As we’ve seen with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), many organisations fail to prepare for laws and regulations because they don’t realise they are subject to them. Of course, ignorance is no excuse, and non-compliance could lead to fines or other regulatory action. The Information Commissioner’s Office provides guidance on many information security laws that apply to UK organisations, including: The Bribery Act 2010 The Computer Misuse Act 1990, as amended by the Police and Justice Act 2006 The Data Protection Act 1998 The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 The Defamation Act 1996 The Digital Economy
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The importance of robust information security

Personal data is the lifeblood of many organisations, but they need to keep that information secure. If they don’t, they face reputational damage, lost time and money recovering from the incident and maybe even fines. Regulators will impose fines or other disciplinary action if organisations fail to comply with information security laws that they are subject to, including: The Data Protection Act 1998 The Bribery Act 2010 The Computer Misuse Act 1990, as amended by the Police and Justice Act 2006 The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 The Defamation Act 1996 The Digital Economy Act 2010 The Freedom
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