The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, which comes into force on May 25, 2018, seeks to provide unified and clear rules on stronger data protection that are fit for the digital age, give individuals more control over their personal information processed by companies, and standardize data privacy laws across the EU. Any organization that processes the personal data of any EU residents — even if it is located outside of the EU — is subject to GDPR compliance audits. Conducting regular data protection audits internally is essential to achieving compliance with GDPR.
GDPR and ISO 27001 are two significant compliance standards that aim to strengthen data security and mitigate the risk of data breaches. No wonder people ask whether it is enough to be certified to ISO 27001 to become fully compliant with GDPR. However, complying with the GDPR is no easy task and even ISO-compliant companies cannot feel confident now. If an organization fails to comply with the GDPR, it can be slapped with huge fines (up to €20 million or 4% of annual worldwide turnover) and suffer damage to its corporate reputation, as well as face class-action lawsuits from users and the risk of losing customers. So, here are the main GDPR requirements and the initial steps to take to comply with them:
Prior to undertaking a data protection audit to comply with GDPR requirements, it is necessary to identify all data you store that is considered sensitive by GDPR standards. Any information relating to a data object is classified as personal data and is therefore protected by the GDPR. It is often helpful to divide GDPR-related information into categories like these:
Use these categories to perform a thorough analysis of the data in your systems, so you can prioritize protection of all data that the GDPR considers "personal data".
It is hard for organizations to handle this volume of GDPR data on their own, so consider investing in an auditing solution that will help you find and properly secure GDPR-related content. The monitoring software from Netwrix dramatically simplifies GDPR compliance. For example, instead of painstakingly searching through each of your file shares for the personal data of an EU citizen to comply with the right to be forgotten, you can simply enter any identifying information about the individual in the search engine and get complete and accurate results in seconds.
You can also quickly provide evidence that only eligible employees can read, modify, or delete GDPR files, and ensure that no malicious activity is going on around GDPR data. In case of a data breach, the Netwrix Auditor platform will send an alert with details about the incident, so you can pass this information on to the supervisory authority in a timely manner, as well as investigate the breach further. Moreover, Netwrix Auditor can help you prevent such incidents and strengthen security controls across your IT infrastructure by enabling you to perform constant auditing and uncover security weaknesses before they lead to a breach.