6 tools to help you manage your organisation’s security measures and GDPR compliance

The ability to prevent data breaches has become a lot more important since the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) took effect.

You should have already been concerned about your customers’ freedom and privacy, your susceptibility to regulatory action and your ability to protect your reputation in the event of a security incident, but these have now taken on heightened significance.

The public is more aware than ever of their rights related to their personal data, organisations have been warned about the threat of data breaches and regulators have greatly increased the maximum penalties for failing to meet legal requirements.

Whether you’re confident in your existing measures or are still working towards GDPR compliance, you always need to be on the lookout for ways to streamline your compliance processes. This helps you manage problems more effectively and keep up with the rapidly changing threat landscape.

Here are six tools that can help you manage your information security processes and achieve GDPR compliance.

1. GDPR Data Breach Support Service

Reporting a data breach within the GDPR’s 72-hour notification deadline is a challenge for all organisations, and with the threat of breaches growing, it’s something you’ll probably have to deal with in the near future.

However, the GDPR Breach Support Service makes the job a little easier. A management team comprised of DPOs (data protection officers), lawyers, barristers, and information and cyber security experts at our sister company, GRCI Law, will help you respond to security incidents quickly and in line with the Regulation’s requirements.

2. Data Flow Mapping Tool

This Cloud-based tool enables you to gain full visibility over the flow of personal data through your organisation, helping you streamline your processes and mitigate the risk of data being erroneously exposed in unsecure locations.

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 time-consuming methods, such as pen and paper or vector graphics.

3. vsRisk™

Suitable for organisations of all sizes, vsRisk is a leading ISO 27001 risk assessment software tool that delivers fast, accurate, auditable and hassle-free risk assessments year after year.

With more than ten years of development behind its success, vsRisk streamlines the information security risk assessment process and helps produce robust analyses using control sets from ISO 27001, the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) and Cyber Essentials.

4. Information Security and Cyber Security Staff Awareness E-learning Course

Interactive e-learning courses are a time- and cost-effective way to educate staff on key organisational issues in a structured manner. Our Information Security and Cyber Security Staff Awareness E-Learning Course teaches staff the basics of data security, information security and cyber security risks and how to deal with threats.

The course content is not technical, as it’s designed for all employees who process information, not just information security experts.

5. 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 as criminal hacker would.

It’s essential for rooting out problems before a network or application goes into use, or whenever substantial changes are made.

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

6. DPO as a service (GDPR)

Whether the GDPR requires your organisation to appoint a DPO (data protection officer) or not, having an expert on board to deal with data protection can reduce a lot of headaches related to regulatory compliance.

DPOs take on a broad range of tasks, including:

  • Overseeing the establishment and maintenance of the personal data processing register;
  • Reviewing and revising polices and documentation;
  • Providing guidance on data breach monitoring, management and reporting;
  • Advising on the need for DPIAs (data protection impact assessments); and
  • Serving as a point of contact for data protection authorities.

The only problem is that it can be hard to find a suitably qualified individual, which is why you should consider outsourcing the role with our DPO as a service (GDPR).

One of our data protection experts will act a remote DPO, working with you to understand your organisation’s requirements. They’ll complete the necessary tasks and provide you with guidance whenever you need it.

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