The Most Rigorous Independent GDPR Assessment Available Focuses on People, Policies, Physical and Digital Vulnerabilities
BeCyberSure today announced the launch of the most comprehensive GDPR Risk Assessment available. Conducted by security, risk and compliance specialists the audit provides organisations with a definitive evaluation of their GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) readiness, as well as what needs to be done to ensure compliance, ahead of the 25th May 2018 deadline.
GDPR supersedes the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and applies to every company that collects, processes or stores an EU citizen’s data, regardless of sector, size and geographical location. The deadline for compliance is 25th May 2018 and the enforcement of the regulation is unaffected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
The BeCyberSure GDPR Risk Assessment currently provides the most rigorous audit process available. The assessment is conducted on and off site by a GDPR specialist, beginning with a detailed review of company policies and governance, procedures and processes, an assessment of physical aspects (such as access to buildings, storage of paper documents etc.) and if deemed necessary an extensive digital vulnerability test. The audit also involves formal and informal (covert) interviews with employees as well as heads of department.
Marketing Director at BeCyberSure, Carolyn Harrison, explains that GDPR is a company-wide issue and should not sit solely with IT: “Our assessment begins with people, policies and processes to reveal any possible vulnerabilities that would result in non-compliance. We then deep-dive, looking at what data the organisation is capturing, how it is processed, what consent has been given, where it is stored and how to dispose of unrequired information.” Harrison adds: “The best technology in the world can be rendered useless, if an open door, whether physical or digital, creates the opportunity to access to data.”
Following the audit, the organisation is presented with a confidential Advisory Report stating what action (if any) is required to ensure GDPR compliance. Harrison adds: “This report is invaluable in benchmarking where an organisation is today, where they need to get to and the best course of action to get there. They can then choose to implement the programme of work themselves, collaborate with BeCyberSure, or outsource the entire project to us.”
BeCyberSure has a senior team of GDPR auditors who have a wealth of experience with backgrounds in risk management and compliance, cybersecurity, policing, intelligence services and the military.
Harrison concludes: “There is a lot of scaremongering about GDPR and whilst it is true that the potential fines are eyewatering and the threat of personal liability is daunting, if organisations act now, they still have time to put the necessary safeguards in place to be GDPR compliant. Undertaking a Risk Assessment is the first step in the due diligence process and it means that organisations are not spending unnecessarily in their route to compliance.”
GDPR Risk Assessments are available from BeCyberSure now.
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