There’s been a lot of discussion about how much the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will impact businesses, yet despite the looming deadline, most businesses still aren’t prepared. Statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport show that only 38% of businesses have heard of GDPR and of those aware of it, just a little over a quarter have made changes as a result.
ITPro indicated more than two-thirds of UK companies are struggling to create a secure environment for their data in time for the May 25th GDPR deadline. GDPR will also result in European businesses increasing their IT security expenditure by 37% over the next three years.
The deadline is coming, but most of us are not lawyers and the heightened security requirements for data storage can be a bit overwhelming. In response to this need, CMS partnered with AlienVault’s security and compliance experts to create a short, light-hearted video that decodes GDPR and puts the most critical steps into everyday English. If you only watch one GDPR Compliance video, this needs to be it.
Some of the steps mentioned in the video are:
-> Learn more about GDPR. Read the 99 articles and 172 recitals, because ignorance won’t be accepted as an excuse.
-> Assess if you collect and process your data in a secure environment. Make a data inventory list. List what types of data you collect. Ask yourself:
- What type of data do you have?
- Why did you collect the data?
- Who is the data about?
- How much data do you have?
- How is your data stored?
-> Create a “risk register” for your data set. Understand the vulnerabilities of your data, and the likelihood and impact of threats.
-> The GDPR is law, so don’t be afraid to hire a lawyer, data protection officer or a third-party consultant.
-> Use products like AlienVault USM to detect threats and achieve GDPR compliance.
With the clear gap between expectation and reality, what method of preparation will businesses choose to take? While there is no ‘one size fits all’ product, businesses may choose to use tools that perform a wider variety of security functions to tackle their data protection inefficiencies and make themselves GDPR ready in time. One such multifaceted tool is AlienVault USM Anywhere, that will tackle cyber security risks and satisfy GDPR regulations with ease.
Contact us for more information about using AlienVault’s tools to prepare for GDPR.