Wizuda to announce research results from nationwide IT survey on SMEs in Ireland

General Data Protection Regulation And Data Transfer Processes In SMEs

Wizuda are delighted to announce that we recently commissioned Amárach to conduct a national research project to capture, analyse and determine small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) understanding and level of awareness of their obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The results of this survey are now in and we will be releasing them to the public this week. With less than six months until GDPR comes into force, this research reveals some interesting statistics.


About the Research  

While much research has been conducted to date on the GDPR, this research is unique due to its focus on IT decision makers within Irish SMEs.

This study focused on SMEs and targeted IT decision makers ranging from IT Directors, Heads of IT, CIOs and CISOs. This specific focus was chosen as IT have a key role to play in GDPR compliance. This research has found that 80% of IT decision makers believe they are a key stakeholder in their GDPR project. While SMEs make up 99.8% (CSO Ireland) of Irish businesses today, no research has been undertaken until now on how the GDPR will affect IT decision makers within SMEs.

This survey boasts a significant sample of businesses from a cross section of industries interviewed about the GDPR. 175 businesses spread across the Republic of Ireland participated in the survey.


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the challenge - wizuda case studies

The board of a multinational medical device organisation required a secure, cloud-based solution which facilitated virtual board member collaboration on key documents in preparation for monthly board meetings.

The documentation was regularly of a highly commercially sensitive nature, largely relating to ongoing clinical trials, and as such demanded a secure and encrypted platform which could be implemented without the engagement of internal IT resources.

Key challenges that need to be  considered:

  • Geographically dispersed stakeholders
  • Highly commercially sensitive documentation
  • No internal IT involvement
  • Multiple stakeholders required to collaborate on
    single documents
the solution- wizuda case studies

Wizuda MFT gave them a centralised view of all their file transfer activities and a network overview of the data flows. IT now had instantly available reporting and could provide geographic maps and network overviews to senior management of all file transfer activities in the organisation. These could also be categorised in ways that made sense for the business from a priorities perspective. Wizuda’s unique ‘Health Check’ dashboard with automated monitoring and alerts, allowed them to manage all transfer operations proactively and ensured they were always on top of any issues.

From a GDPR compliance perspective, transfers could be linked to Data Protection Impact Assessments were required and data could be anonymised as part of the transfer process. Wizuda MFT enabled them to apply the latest security protocols for file transfers and encrypt data at rest and in transit. Passing cyber-security and GDPR compliance audits became a lot easier.

About Wizuda

Developing IT Solutions to Make Businesses Better

At Wizuda we focus on developing IT solutions which help businesses grow and empower people to collaborate and stay connected securely and compliantly. Specialists in secure data transfer since 2001, all development and support operations are carried out from our two Irish 

offices located in Dublin (Wizuda Headquarters) and Limerick. We pride ourselves in developing software solutions that allow organisations to take back control of their file transfer and data sharing operations, enabling them to operate efficiently, securely and compliantly

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