Within organizations across the globe there is heightened anticipation and preparation for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With this formal set of policies for organizations doing business in, or with, citizens of the EU, compliance is mandated by May 25, 2018. Even as we inch closer to that deadline, navigating the information and mandates contained within the standard continue to strain teams who have not previously adopted a sophisticated approach to compliance. Evident has launched a new compliance report that will help organizations maintain continuous and automated insight and control of their cloud environments so they can be compliant and operate within the structure of the guideline.
At it’s foundation, GDPR addresses data privacy. That may seem like a fairly simple, high level goal, but the challenge for organizations is to figure out how to use the regulation to map their processes and practices so that data is handled and transacted in a secure way. The regulation is intended to help individuals by ensuring stronger data privacy, but it also aims to simplify the regulatory compliance for businesses and organizations. Within this simple goal is a lot of complexity and finding a way to ensure compliance (and note that hefty fines of up to €20,000,000 that can be levied on organizations for privacy breaches) is taxing the workloads of many who operate highly connected cloud environments. Ensuring they can maintain a highly optimized development and business environment in the midst of the regulation and the need for rigorous security is going to require a continuous effort.
GDPR is shining a bright light on data security and putting more pressure on organizations to take steps to avoid data breaches. Compliance in the cloud is challenging because of its dynamic state and the only way to truly capture all the activity and changes is with continuous monitoring.
To reach a state of continuous compliance, you need to automate the monitoring and assessment of your security to be sure you’re always leveraging best practices that make it hard for the bad guys to compromise your cloud infrastructure. In doing so, organizations create a layer of awareness and control over their data that can put them into the best possible situation to ensure controls and overall security posture meets with GDPR’s requirements–at all times.
The new Evident compliance report helps to define how AWS services should be correctly configured to protect personal data against accidental or unlawful destruction; or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorized use, unauthorized modification, disclosure or access; and against all other illegal forms of processing. Essentially, it identifies potential and existing issues with a cloud environment and data privacy as it relates to the specifics of GDPR. Many other industry and regulatory compliance frameworks (PCI, HIPAA, NIST, SOC 2, and others) can be measured using Evident, or you can create your own custom compliance report that measures the various security commitments you’ve made to your business. Every organization has controls for security, and Evident automates the inspection of the controls — and can even help automate the remediation of risks, too.
By using the Evident GDPR Report, organizations get the benefit of an automated approach to compliance monitoring. With the May 25 deadline approaching, it can deliver a new, comprehensive way of maintaining vigilance over their data and that of their customers and other stakeholders.