Most of us have sent an email to the wrong person at some point. But when sensitive, citizen data is involved that innocent mistake can become a costly fine. With the GDPR deadline looming, with its astronomical and business-busting fines, every government organisation, whether local or central, needs to address the data protection and management challenge – now.

Fraudsters also use malware to steal information, as well as locking users out. For government organisations, holding personally identifiable data, such as taxpayer data, details of schoolchildren and citizen banking information, this could have serious implications if it fell into the wrong hands.

Read more: The Telegraph – Schools warned about cyber scammers who demand thousands in ransom from head teachers

The GDPR fines: up to €20m or 4% global turnover for breaches of personal data

How to get started

Government organisations should look for file-level data encryption solutions. This means that even when data leaves your devices or network, such as an email attachment or cloud storage, it stays protected – so even if you suffer a data breach the chance of a fine is greatly reduced.

“File level encryption secures data wherever it goes  – into the cloud, off your devices or network.”

Secure your data in a couple of clicks

Creating a data protection strategy can be a daunting process, especially if it hasn’t previously been a focus area for your organisation. As a Sophos Platinum partner, Trustmarque helps government organisations adopt unrivalled data protection solutions that keep data and devices secure from today’s complex, sophisticated attacks, become more compliant with the GDPR and ultimately reduces the risk of a fine. In just a matter of minutes.

For more information, contact us now for your free cyber security review.

This blog is the third of our 3-part series:  3 ways Sophos protects you against Cyber Attacks and helps with GDPR readiness.