We already know what GDPR is and how the US and the UK markets have been affected by it. However, we are yet to analyse the ramifications it had on a broader aspect pertaining to intellectual property and document safety. You may not come under the GDPR ambit, but it is important to know how this would have affected your current or prospective clients. After all, there is a penalty that might be levied on you for non-compliance.

Incidentally, a lot of changes have been directed toward cyber security post the GDPR. For instance, the definition of personal data is much more expansive now. Earlier personal data involved basics like name, phone number, and email address. However, now postal code, driver’s license, passport, credit card, bank account, IP address, workplace, union membership, social factors, genetics, and biometrics also need to be taken into account.

Consent mandatory

It is now a mandate to obtain the consent of a person before collecting the above-mentioned data. Not just that, the person or the entity has to be explained why or how the data would be utilized.     Following this, the individual has the right to withdraw his consent at any point of time. When that is done, the stored data should be removed.

Gone are the days when one could easily assume that a person was interested in a website, just because he visited the same. Now, affirmative action has to be taken to ensure that the customer knows where the data is going. Apart from this, data processing must be systematically monitored. A public breach in this sensitive material needs to be reported within 72 hours of the security violation.

Advanced Firewall technology

These days, everything is connected-right from the printer to the laptop, or the HVAC unit. It goes without saying, information on these units have become even more vulnerable to malware; thus, increasing the requirement for sophisticated firewall technologies.

Experts believe that a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity is more effective. The firewall technologies should now encrypt unstructured data, automate manual processing, coagulate the storage at a single point, and manage file transfers safely.

Integration of network access endpoints, a must

Multiple connected devices have an increasing chance of being exploited. Therefore, all network access endpoints need to have one consolidated entry dashboard. This has several advantages in the context of the present setting of super-restrictive intellectual property policies. One of them being streamlining of data management across the various endpoints. This enhances the visibility of the whole endpoint network so the entire workflow can be inspected without any issues.

This has another advantage. Merging the endpoints will create a meticulous and detailed audit trail to ensure that GDPR regulations are followed.

Thorough report on security important

Data is vulnerable to leakage at any point in the delivery pipeline. So, it is very important to perform routine checks on all the aspects including website traffic, social media interaction, email threads and more. A thorough scrutiny will identify the areas which are most vulnerable to security breaches and changes can be made accordingly.

Data Protection Officer in place

Going an extra mile in securing data means no harm, especially when your company’s reputation is at stake. For this reason, companies these days hire data protection officers to secure the exchange of information. They are the main point of contact for all data processing activities. The DPO can also teach all team members on GDPR compliance and ensure that the parameters are followed across the board.

Author - QualiTest  - the world's largest Independent software testing & Quality Assurance Service company. 

Published by Yatin Arora