5 tools that help you comply with the GDPR and mitigate the risk of data breaches

Understanding and implementing the GDPR’s requirements can be tough, but you can make your life easier with these tools.

It’s more important than ever to ensure you have strong data protection practices. Not only is the threat of cyber crime on the rise but there’s also the potential for severe disciplinary action under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

The GDPR’s strict requirements for protecting personal data have been widely publicised – as has the power it gives to supervisory authorities to levy large fines against non-compliant organisations. However, we understand that implementing its requirements has been tough; you might lack the resources or simply not understand what you need to do.

To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of five tools and services that will help you comply with the GDPR and mitigate the risk of data breaches.

  1. Cyber Incident Response Management

Cyber incident response programmes help organisations prepare for and respond to data breaches. Our CIRM (cyber incident response management) service gives you comprehensive advice on creating an effective programme. You’ll:

  • Benefit from the expert guidance and support of an experienced cyber security team;
  • Receive an accurate estimate of the work required to build a CIRM programme, allowing you to focus on focus on planning and budgeting;
  • Develop the necessary measures to help you make quick decisions about critical cyber security issues; and
  • Develop response capabilities that will keep your organisation operational during a disruption.
  1. Data Flow Mapping Tool

You can determine how robust your defences need to be by assessing the way information flows through your organisation. You should aim to keep as little personal data as possible, and to transmit and store it in as few locations as possible.

To do this, you’ll need to conduct regular data flow maps. That might sound time-consuming, but you can accelerate and simplify the process by using Vigilant Software’s Data Flow Mapping Tool. It makes it easy for you to review, revise and update maps when needed.

With this tool, you can create consistent visual representations of the flow of data through all your business processes without having to resort to more laborious methods, such as pen and paper or vector graphics.

  1. vsRisk

Determining the likelihood and effects of a data breach is best done through a comprehensive risk assessment.

Vigilant Software’s vsRisk is a leading information security risk assessment tool that delivers fast, accurate, auditable and hassle-free risk assessments year after year. It’s fully aligned with ISO 27001 and cuts the consultancy costs typically associated with the assessment process.

  1. Penetration testing

Penetration testing is essentially a controlled form of hacking in which a professional tester, working on behalf of an organisation, looks for vulnerabilities in the same way a criminal hacker would. The process is essential for rooting out problems before a network or application goes into use.

Our penetration testing packages provide a complete security testing solution for your websites and IT systems. The fixed-cost solutions are ideal for small and medium-sized organisations, or those with no prior experience of security testing.

  1. DPO as a service (GDPR)

All organisations should consider appointing a DPO (data protection officer) to oversee their information security practices. Some are required to do so in order to comply with the GDPR. This is the case if they:

  • Are a public authority or body;
  • Regularly and systematically monitor data subjects; or
  • Process special categories of data on a large scale.

Finding a qualified processional to fill the role can be difficult. As such, you might consider outsourcing the role with our DPO as a service solution. One of our information security experts will act as a remote DPO, working with you to understand your organisation and its compliance requirements. They’ll complete the necessary tasks and provide you with guidance whenever you need it.

Get #BreachReady

You can learn more about these products and discover other ways to prepare for and respond to information security incidents by visiting our #BreachReady page. We break the data breach response process into six easily navigable steps and offer recommendations on the tools and services you can use to complete each task.

 

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