Step 3: Describing the impact and its potential consequences

One of the key aspects of reporting a breach is identifying the potential consequences. Irish organisations reporting a breach to the DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) will need to be able to identify how the breach affected data subjects.

Establishing how much damage a breach has caused can be difficult, even for an information security expert.

However, following a proven risk assessment process and framework will help you not only identify and assess the various risks you face but also establish the potential impact of those risks on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data – as required by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

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Get #BreachReady by using our range of risk assessment products and services:


vsRisk™- Risk Assessment Tool

Risk assessment is at the heart of information security best practice, as set out in the international standard ISO 27001.

Suitable for organisations of all sizes, vsRisk™ is a leading information security risk assessment tool that helps you conduct fast, accurate, auditable and hassle-free risk assessments year after year. Fully aligned with ISO 27001, it significantly cuts the consultancy costs typically associated with an information security risk assessment. The tool is available on an online platform or as desktop software.


GDPR Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) service

Under the GDPR, DPIAs are mandatory for any new personal data processing operations that are likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals. Our DPIA service provides an on-site assessment of the data protection risks associated with each data processing operation within your organisation and recommendations on the appropriate controls to mitigate these risks.

Business continuity management consultancy

BCM (business continuity management) is a form of risk management that deals with the threat of business activities or processes being interrupted by external and/or internal factors. It involves making arrangements to ensure you can respond as effectively as possible in the event of a disruption so mission-critical functions continue to provide an acceptable level of service.

Our consultancy team will help you implement a robust BCM programme with minimal business disruption and within budget.

Documentation Toolkit

Business Continuity Management Documentation Toolkit

A complete set of easy-to-use, customisable documentation templates to enable you to plan for incidents and deploy a BCM programme in line with the principles of ISO 22301, the international standard for BCM best practice.

Further reading

Free PDF download: Risk Assessment and ISO 27001

For more information on how to conduct an information security risk assessment, download this free green paper.

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