If you’re in need of getting your company’s processes and data security GDPR compliant, consulting a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) can help your company navigate the complicated road towards compliance. This article will focus specifically on GDPR compliance and what you can expect from a GDPR consultant. However, the processes MSSPs use to help their clients become GDPR compliant, apply to other compliance mandates as well.
First, A little bit about GDPR…
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a collection of data protection laws that expand the scope of the 1995 Data Protection Directive. GDPR focuses on preserving the digital rights of people living in the European Union.
Some of the key regulations in GDPR include requirements to:
- Notify customers of data breaches within 72 hours of discovering attacks.
- Write user consent agreements in language that the average person can understand.
- Give individuals access to information about how their data is being used.
- Let individuals choose to have their information deleted, also known as the “right to be forgotten.”
- Allow compliance officers to complete periodic data audits.
When GDPR goes into effect on May 25, 2018, companies around the world will need to change their approaches to protecting the privacy of personal data. GDPR doesn’t just apply to organizations operating within the EU. Any organization that provides services to individuals or companies within the EU will need to follow the updated regulations.
The expanded requirements of GDPR will put a significant burden on many companies and organizations. Failing to meet the requirements, however, can lead to penalties that include fines up to €20 million (USD 24.75 million) or 4 percent of a company’s annual global turnover, whichever is greater.
The possibility of losing so much money in fines should encourage more companies to hire Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) consultants that can oversee processes and make sure they align with the new regulations. At SysArc, we make sure our clients have the information that they need to follow GDPR so they can serve their customers well and avoid penalties.
GDPR Consultants Use Gap Analyses to Discover Inadequate Processes
SysArc’s MSSPs start their jobs by performing gap analyses designed to discover inadequate processes that may not meet the EU’s updated regulations. Taking a close look at your network and procedures is the first step to ensuring compliance.
The results of our gap analyses may reveal issues with:
- Excessive legalese that prevents people from understanding user agreements.
- How companies store data about their customers.
- Making privacy a central feature of a company’s network.
- How companies share data with each other.
- Processes that give individuals easy access to their data.
Without a gap analysis, it’s impossible to know what changes an organization needs to make before it meets the EU’s latest regulations. The professionals at SysArc use their findings to create remediation plans that will correct any problems and keep our clients in line with GDPR.
GDPR Consultants Create Remediation to Ensure GDPR Compliance
SysArc’s remediation plans provide careful documentation of processes that don’t meet today’s standards. Having a well-researched plan also makes it easier for our clients to make necessary changes to their systems.
Once we help clients meet GDPR standards, we provide legal documentation that proves compliance. This documentation provides legal protection from potential fines. Instead of taking risks, companies should make sure they have as much protection as possible. Otherwise, they could find themselves spending millions in court costs and fines.
More Benefits of Outsourcing With an GDPR Consultants Compliance Specialist
Some international companies based in the United States don’t know that they have to comply with Europe’s new standards. This misunderstanding puts them at serious financial risk.
Outsourcing to an MSSP that specializes in GDPR compliance offers several benefits. At the very least, SysArc can help our clients save time and money while avoiding the headache of conducting in-depth analyses. Click here to sign up for a free GDPR compliance Assessment by SysArc.