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The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has published the results of its GDPR Preparation and Challenges Survey Report, which was commissioned by Netskope to assess the preparedness of organizations across a wide spectrum of industries to meet the May 25th deadline.

The survey collected over 1,000 respondents, addressing GDPR challenges in their organizations in such areas as their ability and confidence to achieve compliance; what organizational plans they have in place; which technology solutions and mechanisms are being used to meet GDPR requirements; what they consider to be the most challenging elements of GDPR in terms of compliance; and the impact of GDPR on company plans for the adoption of new technologies, provider relationships, and budgets.

Among the report’s key findings are:

  • 83 percent of companies do not feel very prepared for GDPR, with companies in the APAC region feeling less prepared than other regions.
  • 59 percent of companies are making GDPR a high priority. Even so more than 10 percent of companies still have no defined plan to prepare for GDPR.
  • 71 percent of the respondents feel confident that their organizations will meet GDPR compliance in time.
  • 31 percent of companies have well-defined plans for meeting GDPR compliance, 85 percent have something in place, and 73 percent have begun executing that plan.
  • The GDPR’s ‘right to erasure’ (53 percent), ‘data protection by design and by default’(42 percent), and ‘records of processing activities’ (39 percent) were cited as being among the biggest challenges organizations face in achieving compliance.
  • Documentation of data-collection policies (68 percent), codes of conduct (56 percent), and third-party audits and assessments (55 percent) are among the most common tools being used to demonstrate GDPR compliance.

The survey questionnaire was distributed from January 25th to February 21st 2018, and collected a total of 1,129 respondents.

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