Digital Transformation Puts Data Privacy At Risk

Changes to working practices using new technologies may be causing issues with data privacy and new regulations, a new report from Ernst and Young has warned. The company says that open and connected business models are likely to result in increased exposure to cyber threats and ransomware.


“Increased global connectivity means that anyone with access to company data, anywhere in the world, can exploit weaknesses in data security. Companies’ critical digital and physical assets are therefore at greater risk of theft, damage and manipulation by insiders than ever before,” says Andrew Gordon, Global leader, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services at Ernst and Young.


“A growing digital footprint alters the traditional risk landscape for individual companies and entire industry sectors. Out-of-date risk assessments and antiquated policies, procedures and controls can result in companies missing opportunities to help employees comply with company policy. Worse yet, such gaps can be exploited by rogue employees intent on fraud, data theft or other illegal acts. It is important that the effectiveness and efficiency of compliance are improved. Failing to do so exposes the company to regulatory and law enforcement scrutiny,” the survey noted.

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