Brexit has thrown up a lot of uncertainty in the UK – economically, politically and commercially. But for businesses surveying the post-Brexit landscape, one consideration is unlikely to lose any of its relevance for companies in the UK and that is cyber security.
With the transition not complete, regulations such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have put cyber security in the spotlight, while other standards such as ISO 27001 look set to remain pertinent to British firms long after we officially exit the European Union.
So what can businesses do now in order to ensure that their cyber security is a ‘certainty’ post-Brexit?
Importance of data encryption
In the era of ‘Big Data’, when businesses typically collate and analyse a huge amount of information, there have never been more reasons to encrypt data. Encryption offers the advantage of securing data wherever it is within an organisation’s infrastructure. What’s more, it can preserve the integrity of data, meaning that even in the case that a device is somehow lost or stolen, those who receive the data for whatever purpose will be able to see it has been encrypted. And, of course, in the GDPR age – protecting the personal information of customers, which encryption does, is a huge priority.
Leading from the top
The British government can, and will, lead the way in ensuring that businesses have all the right information at their disposal with regards to the right cyber security framework. That means emphasising the importance of Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001.
Even if future EU legislation, such as the Cybersecurity Act, which is expected to come in after the UK’s exit from the EU, it is unlikely that an arrangement will be put in place which means that British businesses will still have to adhere to these regulations, much like the GDPR. That will mean the careful noting of the recommendations of Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001, which highlights data encryption as a standard security measure to protect data security.
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