What was once a choice is now a necessity. In the post-GDPR era, every company handling European data must comply with one or more standards or regulations. With data collected or owned by an organization present everywhere — on the cloud, private and public domains, on all kinds of mobile devices as well as on the Internet — regulators are pushing organizations to take aggressive measures to keep their data well protected.
A comprehensive survey of this new landscape reveals a single, underlying requirement: do better at protecting citizens’ data and give those citizens more control over their information.
The working is twofold: Regulations ensure strict adherence to rules regarding data sharing across business units. They also require organizations to provide a comprehensive audit of all the data in their system. Although, it should be noted that not every regulation is going to cover these two points the same way.
Hence, boiling these regulations down to the essential requirements and putting tools in place that provide the basic capabilities to meet all these regulations is key. And by tools, we mean technology-enabled data security methodologies, starting from data discovery, to masking until retirement. A research conducted by Cisco Apricom states that only 8% of organizations are fully mature in terms of implementation of a data protection and privacy program. Incidentally, we keep hearing news about companies falling victim to data breaches, meaning they haven’t been able to do a thorough job at protecting their data. Therefore, regulations are in place for that very reason — they drive organizations to do better at data security.