Imperva Survey Shows Nearly a Quarter of Companies Haven’t Hired a Data Protection Officer

Enterprises say they may look to AI or machine learning to ease the burden of GDPR compliance

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Imperva Inc . announced the results of a survey of 310 IT security professionals taken at the Infosecurity Europe 2017 trade show.

The results suggest that while the industry is preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), 22 percent haven’t yet hired a Data Protection Officer (DPO). Of those with no DPO, 52 percent aren’t planning on hiring a DPO until the second half of 2018 or beyond – after GDPR enforcement commences.

“A crucial takeaway from this survey is that companies need to be engaging with GDPR compliance now,” said Terry Ray, CTO of Imperva. “The fact that a high percentage of respondents said they had already hired a DPO is encouraging. GDPR will rear its head in ways that nobody predicted, so engaging early and being ready for every possibility is absolutely crucial.”

Another revelation from the survey is that when it comes to GDPR, many security professionals are banking on help from machine learning technology. Over half (55 percent) of the security professionals indicated that they believed AI or machine learning solutions could bear some of their considerable workload in the next three to five years, with 27 percent suggesting it could even be within the next year or two.


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