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Pressure Mounts as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Deadline Approaches

May 10, 2017 / Christopher Strand

To continue my theme of exploring pivotal cybersecurity mandates, it’s time to spend some time on the gorilla of global cyber regulations and do a closer evaluation of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

There are a multitude of steps organizations need to take to ensure they have data adequately protected while providing full accountability to the mandated compliance policy. With a little more than a year before the GDPR mandate is enforced, businesses that have failed to take the first steps to get a security and data governing plan in place risk being left in the dust while increasing their vulnerability to data integrity risk and mandate liability.

The GDPR has been adopted to ensure, harmonize, and enforce data privacy across the EU but introduces laws relating to the free movement of personal data on a global scale. It is the main data security regulation in place to protect personal data of individuals across the entire participating EU member countries and it threatens significant fines and penalties for non-compliant data controllers and processors. It has trans-border implications to many other countries and jurisdictions throughout the world. Any organization that deals with or utilizes the personal data of EU citizens (effectively uses or processes EU data to do business), must comply with the GDPR. The mandate has created new responsibilities and increased liabilities across the board.

The mandate is also creating new opportunities in many ways. The law has created a new organizational structure within companies that must comply with data security policies, and has helped to build a case for policies, business processes, and resources that will work in concert to improve and take hold of data privacy.

For example, the mandate has triggered the creation of new executive leads within most organizations as most teams need to deal directly with security risk and data integrity assurance. The new Data Protection Officer (DPO) is one of the new executive level roles that are a direct result of the need to comply with the GDPR. This will be beneficial for a multitude of regulations that deal with cybersecurity in relation to data privacy. The DPO position will have overarching influence into the daily lives of many other executives across the enterprise and influence decisions made from the board to operations and on all aspects from budget to business policy.

With the impending deadline and requirements coming closer into view, IT and security teams are starting to combine their data privacy and data security initiatives. This has triggered a need for solutions that can provide visibility, clarity, and control to both the business policy and the security protection all in one. Taking the first step at translating GDPR requirements into action items requires careful consideration of several key factors. Carbon Black can help to build upon that clarity and add value to any organization building a security policy to address GDPR preparedness:

  1. Understand your data – Ensure that decision makers and key people in the organization are aware of the data protection parameters and the impact they will have on business process.

Carbon Black can ensure focus and concentration on critical segments of the data business process by constantly analyzing threats to critical data and assigning risk and threat measure at every stage of the policy.

  1. Monitor and Control Data Access – Ensure thorough monitoring and tracking of critical data throughout the business process.

    Carbon Black continually collects contextual event data throughout the business process, monitoring and controlling events centered around critical data. Carbon Black supports data integrity proof required for GDPR, collecting proof of data integrity as it pertains to the necessary requirements.

  1. Access Data Security Controls – Ensure the right technology, solutions, and procedures are in place to detect, report, and investigate a personal or corporate data breach.

    Carbon Black constantly monitors and collects system event information providing instant root cause analysis with accelerated end-to-end response time. It continuously records endpoint activity with unlimited historical retention, providing visualization of the complete attack kill chain empowering real-time proactive response and remediation.

  1. Data Protection Impact Assessment – Enact Privacy Impact Assessments into their business processes with controls and a policy in place to implement them.

    Carbon Black will help to ensure targeted policy enforcement on endpoints that it is implemented on. Endpoints can have tailored policies depending on their data protection requirements which will help to determine the inherent risk and measure across the enterprise hierarchy in real time, accelerating the assessment process.

To learn more about Carbon Black’s coverage of the GDPR or to download our datasheet, click the link below.

Data Sheet – GDPR and Carbon Black Endpoint Solution


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