The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new service, BMF Cyber Audit Plus, to help members to reinforce information security and to comply with new data protection laws which come into force in May 2018.
The General Data Production Regulation (GDPR) will create uniform data protection rules for EU member states. The Government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the implementation of the GDPR and UK organisations that want to conduct business with the EU must be in compliance.
The new service is offered in partnership with RDS Tailored IT Solutions, who will provide BMF members with a free Cyber Risk Assessment and gap analysis of their current data management systems. They will also provide more information on the policies and processes the business needs to become compliant and avoid costly fines. Companies that do not provide adequate cyber protection for their customers will be penalised and could be fined by up to 4% of global turnover.
Richard Ellithorne, BMF Business Services Director said: “GDPR will not only change the way that businesses obtain, store, use and delete data, it will make designated internal data controllers, board members and directors more accountable for the business processes around data protection. If they haven’t already done so, BMF members must now take the necessary steps towards compliance, especially if they rely on a constant stream of prospect data for their sales pipeline.”
BMF Cyber Audit Plus will not only reinforce information security and demonstrate the safety of customers’ suppliers’ and employees’ personal data, it will also help the business safeguard against various types of cyber attack.