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Impact of Brexit on the GDPR

Impact of Brexit on the GDPR

The opening statement of Information Commissioner Sir Christopher Graham’s last annual report talked about “responding to new challenges, and preparing for big changes, particularly in the data protection and privacy field.” Delivering his speech in the early aftermath of Brexit, everyone was keen to get his view on the implications for the roll out of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Prior to Brexit

In April of 2016, after two years of debating, the final terms of the European GDPR were agreed. The legislation comes into effect for member states in May 2018 and includes key changes such as:

  • The right to be forgotten
  • New stricter conditions for the adequate protection of file transfers
  • Privacy notices for individuals on how their data is handled
  • Tighter legislation around active consent for processing data
  • And a shared liablity for breaches between data controllers and data processors.

The change that many CIOs will be concerned about is the increase in sanctions for data breach, which have increased to 4% of annual global turnover.


Moving forward

When asked about the uncertainty, the Commissioner stated “We now need to consider the impact of the referendum on UK data protection regulation. It is very much the case that the UK has a history of providing legal protection to consumers around their personal data which precedes EU legislation by more than a decade, and goes beyond current EU requirements.” He stressed that “Having clear laws with safeguards in place is more important then ever given the growing digital economy, and we will be speaking to parts of the government to present our view that reform of the UK law remains necessary.”

But will EU GDPR still effect us?

The changes in EU Legislation are due to come into effect in May 2018. As the debate over Article 50 continues, CIOs face on-going uncertainty. However, whether the UK is still a member of the EU or not, the new rules will still apply to many organisations. The newly agreed scope states that the law will apply to non-EU companies that are offering goods and services to EU citizens. Any UK organisation selling in Europe will still need to comply with GDPR.

In closing, the Commissioner reiterated that the ICO would continue to make sure that the current standard of excellence remains intact. “We must maintain the confidence of businesses and of consumers. The ICO stands ready to enforce the rules that remain and make the case for the highest standards going forward.”

Whatever the law is called, data protection is not going away.

If you’re unsure how any of the current or upcoming data protection legislation effects your businesses’ file transfer requirements give our team of experts a call on 0207 118 9640.

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South River Technologies’ Cornerstone MFT and DMZedge Servers Support Latest Security Standards

South River Technologies’ Cornerstone MFT and DMZedge Servers Support Latest Security Standards

South River Technologies, Inc. (SRT) have announced today that versions 2016 of the popular Cornerstone MFT Server and DMZedge Server now include even more advanced security updates.

The latest version of Cornerstone’s SSH/SFTP engine now has upgraded support for SHA2 and SHA3 Hashing (the newest security standard recently adopted by NSA). SRT is the only MFT vendor currently supporting the SHA3/Keccak standard.

In addition, this version now features Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithms for group1-sha256 and group14-sha256, advanced methods of digital encryption that allow for the secure exchange of cryptographic keys over a public channel.

These advanced security features allow users to stay proactive and ahead of security issues instead of being reactive, once a security standard has been compromised. These features also ensure that Cornerstone and DMZedge remain the most secure file sharing solutions available.

“As an MFT vendor, our philosophy is to stay ahead of commonly accepted security standards, rapidly adopting the most recently approved standards, customers should never find themselves suddenly vulnerable because an encryption technology has been compromised, and then have to wait for their vendor to catch up.”

Michael Ryan, CEO, South River Technologies

Cornerstone MFT Servers are installed in government, healthcare, financial services and major corporations worldwide. The 2016 versions of Cornerstone MFT Server and DMZedge Server are available for immediate purchase, please contact us on 0207 118 9640 or info@pro2colgroup.

Secure File Sharing at the Local Government Strategy Forum

Secure File Sharing at the Local Government Strategy Forum

Heythrop Park, April 12th – 13th

This month I attended my second Local Government Strategy Forum, at the beautiful Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire. Invited by our partner Maytech, I was the ‘independent industry expert’ and had the pleasure of spending two days in this lovely environment, talking with senior management and C-suite executives from councils all around the UK.


Before attending these events I had, what I believe to be a commonly held opinion, that council workers were underworked and overpaid. I’d read all the stories in the local press about the six-figure salaries and the cancellation of services to ensure their lavish lifestyle. However I’d never stopped to think what they actually did. Listening intently at these events has given me a small insight into the workings of councils, and whilst I’m sure there is still more efficiencies to be realised, I couldn’t have more admiration for the wide range of services they provide and the challenges they have prioritising them to balance the books.

The financial challenges being faced by councils has lead to them adopting a more business-like approach. They are looking at every aspect of their business to drive out wastage and streamline operations, and that’s where my expertise came in.

John Lynch, CEO, Maytech – presenting Quatrix on day one

Over the duration of two days I spoke with in excess of 50 delegates about their data sharing, collaboration, secure file transfer and business process automation challenges. Our experience in this area, working with council’s such as Cambridgeshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and most recently Mid-Sussex Council, ensured we already had a view on some of the challenges being faced for data sharing in the public sector.

As ever there’s not one technology, which addresses the wide range of data sharing requirements of councils, our council customers are using solutions from five of our suppliers. The service we provide is to help them to fully understand their requirements and then choose the right solutions for their needs and budget.

If your council or company needs to address its file sharing, collaboration and secure file transfer requirements why not download one of our free resources below:

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Globalscape Webinar | Simplify PCI Compliance

Globalscape Webinar | Simplify PCI Compliance

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS 3.0) Became Mandatory from January 1st 2015

Join Globalscape on this webinar to learn tips and best practices from Security Industry leading experts.

If credit card processing or payments touch your organisation, the time is now to make sure you are in total compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). Make sure your growing organisation is protected at every branch, facility, office, or online—wherever card data is transmitted, stored, or archived.



Webinar Agenda:

  • What is PCI?
  • Why do I need to worry about this?
  • What has changed in PCI-DSS Version 3.0
  • What are the best practices
  • How can I be sure that I’m compliant?
  • Q & A

Event Type: Live Webinar

Event Date: Thursday 22th January – 17.00 Hrs GMT


Review this Webinar

  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard version 3 (PCI DSS 3.0) became mandatory Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Prepare for PCI Qualified Security Assessors (QSA) using PCI 3.0 when it comes to merchant assessments and how well data security requirements are met.
  • Globalscape sits on the PCI Security Standards Council and was chosen for membership in the Participating Organisation program. Globalscape has active involvement in the advance review of standards and input into the direction of the PCI DSS.


  • Globalscape EFT comprises of a full suite of data protection tools that achieves or exceeds compliance and security practices by the most rigorous standards. EFT’s High Security module facilitates compliance with PCI DSS v3, exceeding security practices mandated by the most rigorous standards, including PCI DSS, FIPS 140-2, HIPAA, DPA, and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).
  • EFT also monitors, reports and provides key compliance alerts to keep your organisation up to date on compliance requirements.

Biggest UK Fines By The ICO in 2014

Biggest UK Fines By The ICO in 2014

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is a government body set up to regulate those organisations which handle personally identifiable data. Retaining a register of companies and their nominated data handler ensures that the ICO can follow up on any reported data leaks or mishandling of data.

The ICO has the ability to serve a company with an undertaking, prosecution, enforcement notice or a monetary penalty. None of these are good for business or for the individual involved, especially as all details are available in the public domain. In the past 12 months, the ICO took action on 88 individuals or companies. Below is a list of the worst performing businesses and the fines levied.


British Pregnancy Advice Service £200,000 – 7 Marchico-logo-blue-grey
Kent Police £100,000 – 19 March
Amber Windows £50,000 – 3 April
Think W3 Limited £150,000 – 23 July
Reactiv Media Limited £50,000 – 28 July
Ministry of Justice £180,000 – 26 August
EMC Advisory Services Limited £70,000 – 1 October
Worldview Limited £7,500 – 5 November
Parklife Weekender £70,000 – 5 December
Kwik Fix Plumbers Ltd £90,000 – 22 December


Not all of these cases were data breaches, but data had been misused or not protected sufficiently to comply with current legislation by the company or individuals involved. Without the correct processes and policies in place or tools for the job, employees can easily make simple decisions that can put personally identifiable data at risk.

Implementing the right Managed File Transfer or Enterprise File Sync & Share solutions for your organisation need not be difficult and can be a key component of your data security plan. With our assistance we can help you move this up your priority stack assisting with needs analysis through to implementation, helping you comply with regulations such as the Data Protection Act or PCI DSS.

Pro2col’s friendly team of experts have over 15 years experience in keeping data secure in transit and at rest so why not give them a call on +44 (0) 333 123 1240 or contact us via our web site here.

GDPR – What It Is & Why You Need To Be Prepared!

GDPR – What It Is & Why You Need To Be Prepared!

As we all battle on with the day to day activities of our jobs, it can be challenging to ensure that we’re on top of changes to regulations that might affect us. This it seems is very much the case when it comes to the general awareness for the planned introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Having been in the European Commission’s think tank for nearly three years, GDPR is due to replace the outdated and somewhat limited EU Data Protection Directive.

GDPR EuropeLast month our vendor partner, Ipswitch File Transfer, announced the results of a European survey of IT professionals attitudes to regulations and compliance. The results indicated a shocking lack of awareness of GDPR across the board, and with the regulation due to come into effect late this year or early next; the clock is ticking.

GDPR is meant to unify and simplify data protection across 28 countries within the European Union (EU). Why should we be concerned? The range of its penalties are a little more extensive than the ICO monetary penalty maximum of £500,000 currently the most prolific threat to enterprises careless with their data. Under the GDPR, financial penalties of up to €100million (approximately £80m) or up to five percent of worldwide turnover, whichever is greater, for organisations that breach its rules.

Ipswitch’s survey highlighted some interesting statistics:


  • 56% could not accurately identify what ‘GDPR’ means
  • 52% admitted they were not ready for GDPR
  • 35% confessed to not knowing whether their IT policies and process were up to the job
  • 12% percent of respondents felt ready for the change
  • 64% also conceded they had no idea when this regulation is due to come into effect
  • 14% could correctly identify that the GDPR is due to come into effect in late 2014/early 2015



The security of personally identifiable data has never been more important and you are accountable for it. Review your policies and procedures for data processing. How are you moving data? Who has access to it? Where is it stored and is it secure in transit and at rest? How long do you need to retain data for? Do you have strong audit and reporting capabilities for the lifetime of your data?

If your B2B, file based workflows are home-grown and lack the controls, security features, audit and reporting capabilities needed in light of changes to EU data protection changes, we can help. Our managed file transfer consultants can help you to review your data transfer requirements to ensure that your data is secure in transit and at rest, and that you have the right controls over your data. Call the team now on 0333 123 1240 for an initial no-obligation discussion to see how we can help you.