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5 Stages to Gaining GDPR Compliance

With just under one year remaining to the implementation of the GDPR, you would assume that most business directors have a clear strategy to combat the threat of data security breaches within their organisation.

However, this project can be a minefield for businesses and some will choose to delay the development until a later date. This is a risky approach.

Let’s go back to the basics. What’s the GDPR all about? The primary objective of the General Data Protection Regulation is to give consumers complete control and peace of mind over their personal data.

These organisations must have appropriate measures in place to prevent the risk of a data leak. If they don’t, come 25th May 2018, they could face a substantial fine.

5 Key Steps for your GDPR compliance project

You’re in safe hands. MFG Managed Encryption will provide you with the tools to become GDPR compliant and our partners will prepare you with the resources to prove your compliancy. From the initial GDPR discovery, to encrypting your devices, right through to gaining full GDPR compliancy with IT Governance.

Here’s a proven real-world approach to gaining GDPR compliance that will work for businesses and organisations of all verticals and all sizes.

1. Awareness and accountability

As a responsible business owner, you have already recognised the need to comply with the GDPR. By this point you’ll already be aware of the far-reaching consequences of not complying with the new legislation.

First, you must delegate somebody to see this project through as well as somebody who can manage consumer data from now on. Under Article 37 of the GDPR, “Designation of the data protection officer” the GDPR requires the designation of a data protection officer.

2. Understand your risk with GDPR discovery

The first step of securing your devices is learning where data is stored and located within your business.

The GDPR is likely to be a major wake up call for anyone in an ITAM or SAM role. Becoming compliant with the GDPR starts with your GDPR discovery. Managed Encryption and their partners, The Business Software Centre have laid a clear path for your business’s GDPR discovery.

‘Agentless discovery’ will carry out a data-at-rest scan of your network and discover all of your IT assets – mobiles, desktops, laptops, servers and more.

3. Formulate a data security action plan

The results of your GDPR scanning and discovery exercise will highlight the weak points in your data processing procedures and information security technology.

Use your asset discovery to formulate a plan of action and give your business a strict deadline to make the improvements necessary to comply with the GDPR by the 25th May 2018.

4. Deploy Encryption to support your GDPR compliance

With your data security plan in hand, the next step is to research the most robust data security technology to suit your business. Data security technology will play an important role in your business’s GDPR compliance and – most importantly – protect your valuable data from unwanted personnel.

As stated in article 32 – Security of processing: “Implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk… including encryption of personal data”.

By utilising encryption, you’ll be able to enforce security policies, see how and where important data is stored and most vitally, increase the security and protection of critical data.

MFG offers a fully Managed Encryption service for businesses and takes away the headache from busy IT departments.

5. Gain full GDPR compliancy – backed by the ICO

With a strong background in ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials, MFG Managed Encryption and our partners are well placed to deliver the guidance and support required to meet regulatory compliance requirements.

IT Governance has wide-ranging data protection expertise to help organisations prepare for the GDPR. Offering tools such as: EU GDPR compliance assessment and GDPR gap analysis, right through to gaining your accreditation with ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials.