European Union GDPR data rules prompt cyber security review

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides an opportunity to rethink information security, according to Palo Alto Networks.

“Hopefully the new regulation expected to be in force by spring 2018 will prove to a catalyst for change,” said Greg Day, the security firm’s chief security officer for Europe.

“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.” 

According to Day, most organisations are still trying to address a “digital problem” with “analogue solutions”.

What worked in the past, he said, simply no longer scales, because many attacks are automated and work at computer speed.

“Organisations need to move to security systems that respond in near real time and eliminate multiple alerts relating to the same thing and false positive alerts,” he said.

A survey commissioned by Palo Alto

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