Trustmarque Solutions Limited (“Trustmarque”) today announced it is partnering with 2twenty4 Consulting, to address the compliance risk faced by law firms from new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. 2twenty4 Consulting, founded by Tim Hyman, former CIO of multinational law firms Taylor Wessing and Reed Smith, in conjunction with Trustmarque, has developed the GDPR Vulnerability Assessment which includes ProSec2 SecurityPlus Security-as-a-Service (SecaaS) assessment, to help law firms address risk from GDPR, maintain compliance and ensure data sovereignty. Hyman will also be consulting with Trustmarque on an ongoing basis, around the information security issues raised by the GDPR.

The GDPR is the most significant development in data protection that Europe has seen over the past 20 years; it requires law firms that store or process European data to now build data protection into system design and infrastructure. It comes into full effect on 25th May 2018; failure to comply with the legislation can result in fines of up to 20,000,000 EUR, or 4% of annual worldwide turnover of the preceding financial year, whichever is greater. Trustmarque’s GDPR Ready Toolkit helps law firms prepare for GDPR requirements by understanding current practices, assessing risk and planning remedial steps to address vulnerabilities. ProSec2 SecurityPlus is a comprehensive information security managed services solution to help firms achieve the ISO 27001 standard – the international best practice cybersecurity and compliance benchmark.

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“I’m really excited about this partnership with Trustmarque,” commented Tim Hyman, Owner and Business Consultant, 2twenty4 Consulting. “A combination of recent high-profile data breaches and the impending GDPR changes mean law firms are under increasing scrutiny from clients to solidly define their security provision. With Trustmarque, 2twenty4 can now offer the total security-as-a-service solutions firms are looking for at a price point they see value from. Both existing and future clients will now benefit from Trustmarque’s end to end IT services capability as well as the breadth and depth of information security experience provided at 2twenty4.”

Darren Saunders, Client Director for Legal, Trustmarque also commented, “Information security is not just an IT issue, but a business issue. Law firms recognise the need for a full-time security officer to manage compliance and governance, finding the right people is a challenge for law firms. Moreover, headline grabbing incidents such as the furore around the ‘Panama Papers’ leak have put all information handling under the spotlight and the impending new GDPR requirements have intensified this pressure. Law firms must act now to avoid falling foul of the legislation, and adopt a planned and structured approach to the changes required for GDPR compliance.”

Trustmarque will be co-hosting a CIO roundtable, chaired by Tim Hyman, on the 23rd June 2016 at Tower 42; Taylor Vintners London Offices followed by refreshments at Vertigo also at Tower 42. The roundtable also supported by Workshare, will discuss the impact of GDPR for today’s law firms, and what approach to take to ensure compliance. To find out more about how to become ready for GDPR legislation please visit www.GDPRready.com

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