Brexit is Nearly Here: Prepare Your Cyber Operations
Despite the uncertainty that Brexit poses, there are ways to prepare your cyber operations for 29th March. Regardless of the politics, here are some top tips on how to prepare for the changeover:
Transferring Data – Regardless of whether the UK is in the EU or not, GDPR is staying. However, in terms of your data transfers, you will need to review your current export practices. Businesses that transfer data between the UK and EU should keep in mind that this may be considered an international practice post-Brexit. This means that your business must comply with the GDPR’s restrictions on international data transfers by creating a contractual clause.
Protecting your database – Currently, an EU right called the Sui Generis right protects all EU databases. In the event of a no-deal, UK businesses established by UK nationals may lose this right. Protect your database in advance by including developers with EU connections in your workforce.
Securing your supply chain – In the event of a no-deal, any arrangements your business has involving the circulation of technology or hardware with the EU may suffer at the hands of customs delays and potential border regulations. Be sure to revisit your supply chain and develop methods to limit your risk.
Reviewing your workforce – Many UK businesses employ EU nationals within their workforce. This practice could be problematic if a no-deal Brexit takes place and it changes immigration requirements. If you employ EU nationals at your business, ensure they have all applied for “settled-status” to ensure that they can continue working for your organisation after 29th March.
Updating agreements – Finally, your business should review all existing contracts and agreements for material technology with Brexit in mind. You should pay close attention to elements such as the territorial scope of licenses, the location of personal data, rights in databases and currency changes.