General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Article 32

The GDPR compliance (May 2018) applies to any organization that collects, processes, or stores data on citizens of the European Union.

GDPR Explained
The aim of the regulation is to better protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens’ by harmonizing the current data privacy laws all across Europe.

The GDPR headlines focus on the potentially huge fines “up to €20 Million, or in the case of an undertaking, up to 4 % of the total worldwide annual turnover of the preceding financial year, whichever is higher” for the worst infringements of the regulation.

What Does This Mean for my Organization?

What this means is that, while much of the GDPR requirements focus on the processes and procedures for acquiring, utilizing and handling personal data that is ‘lawful and fair’, the cybersecurity dimension is absolutely critical in order to prove that you have ensured ‘appropriate security and confidentiality of the personal data’.

ARTICLE 32: Security of Personal Data - Security of Processing

Article 32 of the GDPR, which requires ‘controller and the processor shall implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk’

(a) the pseudonymization and encryption of personal data;

(b) the ability to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability, and resilience of processing systems and services;

(c) the ability to restore the availability and access to personal data in a timely manner in the event of a physical or technical incident;

(d) a process for regularly testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organizational measures for ensuring the security of the processing.

NNT and the GDPR – Provable Compliance and Security
NNT will help in these essential areas:

  • Vulnerability Management
    Audit and assess systems for exploitable vulnerabilities
  • System Hardening
    Ensure systems are hardened against attack/attack surface is minimized
  • File Integrity Monitoring
    Change control to expose and validate all changes
  • Automated Log Analysis
    Automated analysis of user and system activity for suspicious behaviors
  • Least Privilege Access
    Ensure data access restrictions are enforced 24/7
  • Data Encryption
    By encrypting personal data, the damage from a breach can be limited
  • Host Intrusion/Breach Detection
    If the unthinkable happens, make sure you can shut it down
  • Change Control
    Maintain security at all times even when inevitable changes are implemented
  • Threat Intelligence
    Real-time analysis of changes using continuously updated threat intelligence

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