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The EU’s General Data Protection regulation (GDPR) has been hailed by privacy advocates, but there remains concern among cybersecurity experts that the regulation doesn’t go far enough in securing data.

According to a survey by software company Avecto, 47 percent of international cybersecurity professionals believe the regulation’s cybersecurity mandates were not strong enough to ensure adequate security. The survey took responses from 500 IT and cybersecurity professionals across the U.S., Germany and the U.K.

While the GDPR goes into much detail around how EU citizens’ data should be stored and managed, it is far less specific around what exactly companies should do to protect this data. This vague language, said Simon Langton, vice president of professional services at Avecto, is likely a big factor in many cybersecurity professionals believing the regulation does not go far enough.

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Rhys Dipshan

CT-born, New York-based legal tech reporter covering everything from in-house technology disruption to privacy trends, blockchain, AI, cybersecurity, and ghosts-in-the-machine. Continually waiting for law to catch up with tech. (It's like waiting for Godot, but without the clowns)

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