According to the General Data Protection Regulation, companies that collect data of European Union citizens must strictly comply with regulations to protect data. The GDPR defines new stringent measures to protect consumer data, and companies are busy creating processes and setting up systems that ensure compliance with these guidelines.
With the increase in cybercrime, today’s consumers are not happy to disclose their personal information to companies. Even though the GDPR will be in full force beginning May 2018, companies in the EU have already started working toward making themselves compliant with the new regulations. When it comes to guidelines and regulations, the EU stands apart and is very strict.
With the implementation of GDPR, you will come across:
- Sweeping requirements for granting much greater personal control of data by EU citizens
- Detailed notification requirements when data breaches occur
- The need to hire “data protection officers” focused on protecting consumer data
- Much heavier fines for organizations found not in compliance with GDPR regulations
Here are three important factors that will give you sleepless nights if you do not comply with the new regulations.
1. Mobile workers connect from anywhere
Mobility for businesses ensures productivity. Organizations are adopting solutions on cloud platforms that allow users to access information through their mobile devices from anywhere in the world. However, this also increases the opportunity for malicious people to breach data. Hence, new context-aware security protocols are implemented through the GDPR to ensure the protection of data.
2. Privileged user access
Organizations must control who gets privileged rights and administrative access. It could be IT administrators as well as workers who need to download specific applications and are granted full rights.
3. Ransomware and malware attacks
For any ransomware or malware attack, the easiest channel is through email phishing attacks. Moreover, they also use external drives, websites, and other peripheral devices to transmit
malicious data. Organizations can place stringent guidelines to access specific types of websites and external drives to ensure no such attacks take place.
Companies have until May 25, 2018, to update their systems and frameworks before the GDPR goes into full force. However, achieving compliance is not just about defining or redefining systems. Companies must follow a people-centric approach to ensure everyone is aware of it.
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