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Risky Business

CitNOW chief executive Alistair Horsburgh

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Risky Business

By Alistair Horsburgh, CEO, CitNOW

Cybersecurity and data breaches are constant headlines and, not surprisingly, automotive professionals have major concerns over the security of automotive technologies.

According to a new survey of manufacturers by cybersecurity experts SAE and Synopsis, suppliers and service providers, 73% were worried about the cybersecurity of technology provided by third parties. With the threat of sizeable fines for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it’s easy to see why there are concerns.

Yet retailers and manufacturers rely on a host of third-party suppliers, which means relinquishing direct control over cybersecurity and compliance. This is made more concerning by the fact that only 44% of respondent organisations imposed cybersecurity standards on suppliers.

This puts the emphasis on third parties to achieve and maintain the highest data-handling standards. That is why all of CitNOW’s apps meet the stringent security standards set out in ISO 27001, the international standard for cybersecurity, including how information is processed, stored and used.

GDPR is the biggest shake-up in data protection regulation in decades. That’s why we are committed to implementing the highest cybersecurity levels to protect our business and that of our retailer and manufacturer partners. As the complexity and size of databases increase, alongside notable data breaches, compliance and safeguarding of personal data go hand in hand, and are at the heart of our operation.

Robust systems protect retailer and manufacturer customer information that flows through our platform. For us, operating a highly secure system with the latest protocols in place for utmost protection is a given. ISO 27001 takes us to the next level and provides our clients with the peace of mind they rightly demand.

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