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Forrester Report: About a third of companies say they are ready for the GDPR but may not be ready

With the launch of the General Regulation on Data Protection (GDPR) just a hundred days away, a key question is how many companies are ready to comply.

A recent report by Forrester Research, based on a survey of 3,195 security officers in companies with more than 20 employees in the United States and nine other countries, found that nearly 30% of respondents considered to be in line with the GDPR.

But Forrester analyst and report writer, Enza Iannopollo, notes in "GDPR readiness: GDPR preparation progresses, but strategies rely too much on IT" [fee required] at least some of these companies did not actually do the required work, such as data discovery, data classification, data flow maps, and gap analysis. Instead, she found that many companies seem to simply rely on their IT departments to meet specific requirements, such as handling data breach notifications.

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Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a senior writer for VentureBeat, and he has written on these topics and other technologies for publications such as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and directed the website / unit at PBS Thirteen / WNET; worked as a senior online producer / screenwriter for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: the first CD game; founded and directed an independent cinema showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T .; and served more than five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find it on LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.

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