DATA SECURITY IN THE EU
In today’s world of identity and data theft all over, it becomes necessary for a provision of reliable and robust data security in the Eu member states. It is evident that the amount of data generated across Europe is on the increase, which may also result in a round-the-clock duty for those saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring the security of such data is not compromised in any way.
Every aspect of our technological advancement also creates more challenges on how to properly manage the resultant data produced, so that the bad guys cannot hack into the database and wreck havoc or any cyber attack. In this present age, the awareness of cyber terrorism would not let any member state leave a loophole for hackers to invade and hatch any evil agenda that may bring the EU and her citizenry to untold hardship and vulnerability.
It is an accepted fact that security is everyone’s business. Most individuals and business owners know the importance of providing secure storage for their customers’ data. Failure to keep the confidential details of customers can quickly deal with low patronage because most shoppers will give it a second thought should in case business outlets they patronize send out emails saying their data have been compromised.
INDUSTRIES AT RISK
Every sector of the economy is at risk of data theft. The most affected industries, however, are the national security apparatus, aviation industries, medical sectors, the financial industries and of usually, individual-the private citizens-.
Theses are the first line of attack any cyber-terrorist will have to wrestle with before they can easily maneuver anything sinister in any EU members states. Due to this fact, this sector is highly prone to attacks by hostile forces, hence the need for huge budgets always available for them to utilize to be millions of miles ahead of those cyber attacks.
Same thing applies to the aviation industries, as the signals from every terminals and control towers are specially encoded and monitored to prevent having useful data nad signal intercepted by hijackers. The resistant effect of losing those intels to the bad guys can be disastrous, prevention of such scenario is the priority.
Furthermore, at medical appointments, personal data of people are collected, and such data are expected to be the most accurate, so fraudsters and evil intent individuals hunt for such data. This makes the medical industries part of the high-risk industry, as such data generated from this sectors are well protected for security and privacy reasons.
Credit card and identity theft are on the increase; fraudster has always targeted this area over the years. They do this sometimes through a process called phishing. Unfortunately, many have lost huge sum to these crooks. However, the key players in that sector has tried by putting up lots of security checks before a successful transaction is executed
EU PRIVACY REGULATION
Before the introduction of the 1995 Directive 95/46 EC, people begrudged their data, because of privacy concerns, some would give wrong details because they felt it’s against their free will. Thanks to the Directives 95/46EC, its gave citizens back control over of their data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business.
Furthermore, in 2012, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of data protection rules in the EU to secure the rights to personal privacy of individuals further, after many deliberations, in 2016, the EU finally approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is to be fully implemented by 25 May 2018, which will now replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.