Keeping your business in business
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has radically changed how businesses handle and process personal and personally identifiable data - both their own and that belonging to their customers and partners – forever.
GDPR has transformed the concept of data privacy from a procedural tick-box into a principle on which all workflows must now be founded.
And it’s no exaggeration to say that if businesses can’t demonstrate compliance with GDPR, the size of the fines that can be imposed could ultimately result in the demise of those businesses, with larger enterprises facing particularly hefty sanctions.
The bottom line is that if your business wants to stay in business, then ensuring long-term GDPR-compliance must now be a major focus across your business – and that encompasses your networks, your people and your processes too.
The Cost And Complexity Of Compliance
Here are just some of the complex and costly GDPR pain points that your business faces in its quest to become – and stay – compliant:
- Monitoring, tracking and control – How do you automatically stop sensitive personal information – National Insurance numbers for example - exiting your business? How do you systematically ensure data is not kept for longer that its legal or agreed retention period? How do you classify data and users so that only data that should be shared with them is shared with them? And how do you do all of this, all the time?
- Reporting and analysis – Knowing exactly what personally identifiable data your business holds, how it is being used, where it is shared, and the effect on your overall security posture is a requirement of GDPR’s data discovery and data privacy impact analysis requirements. But for many businesses, producing reporting and analytics of this granularity is a huge challenge.
- Training – Practically every part of your organisation touches and uses personally identifiable information – but few, if any, of your people already have the technical, legal and regulatory awareness GDPR requires.
- Security (re)architecture – Your existing IT infrastructure may have features that simply won’t accommodate GDPR compliance, so it may need to be at least partially – maybe even completely – redesigned.
- Data Protection Officer (DPO) costs – An in-house specialist with responsibility for all your data privacy and GDPR compliance is a senior role with an extensive skill set that comes with a premium salary bill!
Our Data Privacy Services - And How They Help You
Our Data Privacy services have been specially developed to deliver a cost-effective framework that answers all the GDPR compliance pain points explored above – and more besides.
Their goal is to ensure not only that your business becomes compliant, but that it constantly stays that way – with the minimum of manual input and effort on your part.
GDPR Compliance and Training Services
GDPR compliance from Firesand means a powerful combination of out-of-the-box and bespoke technical and architectural solutions with a managed service that enables us to constantly monitor, track, and report on your data privacy capabilities for you.
Alongside this, our GDPR training services help build a culture of awareness, competence and compliance amongst the people in your organisation, for the long term.
Our GDPR compliance and training services include, amongst others:
- Inbuilt Data Loss Prevention (DLP), ensuring the sensitive and personal data you hold doesn’t go outside your organisation.
- Automatic data retention enforcement, ensuring data is not held longer than it should be, and marking expired data for deletion.
- Data Subject Request (DSR) management / Subject Access Request (SAR) management, alerting your organisation to respond within 30 days to enquiries from individuals about the data you hold on them – your legal obligation!
- Data classification and architecture design to ensure that data is only shared with those who have a compliant right and need to access it, whether this requires an entire redesign or migration, or an integration with your existing systems.
- Comprehensive, all-levels training, from foundation-level (to help everyone in your business understand its general obligations around GDPR) through to tailored components specific to individual departments and roles.
Data Protection Officer (DPO) Service
Employing a full-time Data Protection Officer (DPO) is costly, and finding candidates with a genuinely appropriate skillset can be a time-consuming challenge.
We are a Gold Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and we can provide you with a completely outsourced DPO service, from initial GDPR audit and assessment, to the ongoing, day-to-day implementation and management of the required data protection layers, to whatever extent you require.
We also act as a trusted ‘bridge’ between your business and the GDPR enforcement authorities, making sure you’re kept up to date on changing requirements and supporting you with incident response.