The uphill struggle facing many DPOs in the fight for effective data protection

The arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018 saw the creation of a new position in many businesses - that of the Data Protection Officer (DPO). In fact, GDPR legislation now requires any organisation that processes and/or stores personal data for EU citizens to appoint a DPO, who is responsible for ensuring the organisation meets its data privacy and protection obligations.

Needless to say, the majority of DPOs have their plates pretty full at present, juggling the escalating threat landscape with the ongoing battle to meet regulatory compliance in the midst of a pandemic. However, according to a recent survey, these are far from the only worries they face. Rapidly shrinking budgets, under-resourced teams, lack of security-centric culture and low support at the executive level are all making it harder and harder for many to do the job effectively.  This article will look more closely at some of these trends and examine what DPOs can do to tip the odds back in their favour before it’s too late.