Boost Data Security and Prepare For GDPR Compliance

Our data security experts can help your business prepare for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

3rd January 2017Blog

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Comply with the EU’s Data Protection Laws

Organisations of all types and sizes in the UK need to ensure that they comply with the relevant data-protection regulations. Northdoor can help, providing step-by-step reviews of your existing systems and practices, recommendations for future approaches, and an integrated set of proven tools for gaining and maintaining control over all relevant data throughout your organisation.

GDPR stipulates that EU citizens must give explicit consent for their data to be held in any company’s systems. It also gives EU citizens the right to access, correct, transfer or delete their personal information at any time. Penalties for non-compliance or data breaches are severe: the authorities can levy fines of up to 4 percent of global annual turnover (or €20 million, whichever is higher) for serious violations.

Regardless of the UK’s status within the European Union, if your business offers goods or services to any citizen of a member state, your company’s data security procedures will still need to comply with GDPR legislation.

How can Northdoor help?

Northdoor’s Protect IT security practice helps businesses in insurance, banking and other highly regulated industries to select and deploy the right tools to improve their security posture and protect sensitive data. For GDPR and other legislation, we can help you design and deploy a highly automated compliance solution to discover, classify, protect and govern personal data. Our proven deployment methodologies and enterprise class support services provide high-quality security frameworks that can keep pace with evolving legislation.

Best-practice solutions

After defining your organisation’s interpretation of what is personal data, the next step in addressing the challenges is to run a full discovery exercise to find all such data across all systems. This will potentially include: production, test and development databases; corporate documents stored on SharePoint, on corporate fileservers, on departmental NAS drives, on user desktops or in the cloud; emails, instant messages and wikis; expired or dormant data in archives and backups.

Northdoor offers software tools that enable you to iteratively discover, analyse and classify data in a highly automated way, and to establish clear data lineages. We can then help you to identify paths to and from the data, both inside and outside of the organisation, to review all security measures around data and run detailed risk assessments.

Our software solutions also enable you to:
– monitor and audit data access and permission changes;
– create automated alerts when rules are breached;
– increase security through machine learning and user behaviour analytics;
– establish and manage data retention and destruction policies;
– lock down both sensitive and obsolete data; –
– mask and anonymise data; and
– establish intelligent internal and external network defences, incident-response policies and security restrictions.

Compliance and beyond

With software solutions and consultancy services from Northdoor, you can more easily understand, protect and govern all personal data, reliably record proof of consent to store and process that data, move quickly to correct, migrate or erase the data at the customer’s request, and automatically notify the relevant parties in the event of a breach.

The benefits of working with Northdoor for data-protection compliance go beyond security, risk management and compliance: by finding the data that really matters and deleting redundant, obsolete, and trivial data, you can save significant amounts on storage and backup costs. Northdoor can also help you to rationalise your IT infrastructure and database architecture, simplifying future compliance efforts, improving operational performance and reducing costs.

Take the next step

To find out how Northdoor can help you achieve data-protection compliance faster and more effectively, please contact us for an informal assessment. We’ll review your existing approaches to data protection and security, and provide a clear checklist of recommended next actions, helping you get started quickly.

Alternatively, you can find out how we can help you achieve GDPR compliance rapidly, efficiently and at a low cost. Simply download our two-page overview for everything you need to know and then contact us for an assessment.

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