Complying with the GDPR and Protecting the Right to Privacy

Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Securing data against hacking and malware is occupying the attention of many organizations. However, they fail to address the physical security of IT hardware adequately. Most enterprises, for IT equipment, do not use a physical lock. This puts organizations at risk of non-compliance with GDPR and data subjects at risk due to fraud and theft of identity.

The GDPR focuses on addressing the growing challenges of data protection, privacy, and exposure to breaches of security, hacking, and other illegal processing. The organizations spend a lot of money trying to comply with the GDPR. Business people make this investment in order to protect personal data and the heavy fines that businesses can face.

According to the GDPR rules, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has the power to fine companies up to 4 percent of their annual global income, so that companies have an incentive to comply fully with the regulations.

It is important that the organizations are fully prepared for the GDPR in order to keep the data secure. This means that security prevention against hacking and malware is prepared not only digitally, but also for physical security.

The largest source of data breaches is portable devices and physical loss after online threats and unintended data disclosure. Several million records of data are lost or stolen every day. This is because of the company not having a physical security policy to protect laptops, mobile devices, and other electronic assets.

In order to comply with the GDPR and protect the right to privacy, companies must implement controls to protect individual privacy in video streams both when they are captured and when they are shared or stored. Locking a device is a fast and easy way to prevent theft and also very efficient. Access control systems have proved to be extremely effective tools for security. Companies know the exact time of day that employees and visitors enter and leave their establishment with access control systems. This helps managers in the event of possible problems, disputes, or data breaches.

Due to data security concern, cloud storage is becoming more common. The data stored in the cloud is much safer than on the hard drive. The most significant advantage of storing data in the cloud is cost efficiency and easy access.

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