Although cyber-security and GDPR affect more countries than simply the UK, BREXIT is an issue that will have an impact on UK firms in particular, given the specificity of Brexit to the UK. Our research provides an important insight into the challenges facing UK businesses and therefore fills an important gap in previous research publications. Uncertainty was a common feature of the interviews conducted as part of the research for this report. Out of all the interviews conducted there was no clear idea of the impact of Brexit regarding this particular issue. This suggests that businesses in the UK may need to be made more aware of the problems relating to data sovereignty in light of the future changes in Europe.
The companies were asked if they felt that BREXIT would introduce data sovereignty issues. Just over a third, 37% said no. 21% said they believed that it would cause data sovereignty issues but the largest group 42% were unsure. Again, this is another example of the uncertainty around Brexit and its knock-on effects to IT operations and planning.