The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on April 27, 2016. Regulators, however, will wait until May 25, 2018 to enforce changes to how companies store and handle personal data about their clients and users.
Complying with GDPR can take a lot of work. Few companies have the resources that they need to analyze their current networks and policies, let alone update their technology to comply with the new rules. Hiring a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) makes it easier for your organization to meet Europe’s new regulations. In the end, you’ll prevent a lot of headaches and save a lot of money by outsourcing to an experienced MSSP.
The First Step: Performing a Gap Analysis
When an MSSP starts working with your company, the expert will perform a gap analysis that reveals areas where you don’t comply with GDPR. Without a gap analysis, you won’t know whether you conform to GDPR. In all likeliness, your policies and networks will need some upgrades. The gap analysis shows exactly where to focus so you can avoid costly fines from the European Union’s regulators.
Some common things that an MSSP’s gap analysis may reveal include:
- User agreements that average readers find confusing.
- Application settings that don’t offer privacy by design.
- Convenient processes that help data controllers access their data and transfer it to other controllers.
- Policies that continue to store a person’s data instead of giving the user a “right to be forgotten” by deleting information.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that these rules only apply to companies that operate within the EU. All companies that do business with people in the EU need to follow the updated rules. That means organizations in North America, South America, Asia and other areas will need MSSPs to complete gap analyses to uncover lapses in compliance.
Creating a Remediation Plan to Stay Compliant
Discovering areas of non-compliance is just the first step in conforming to GDPR. You will also need someone experienced with the new regulations to create a remediation plan that keeps you compliant.
Remediation plans will vary from company to company. Depending on the results of your gap analysis, you may need to make a few changes or you may need to overhaul significant areas of your networks and processes.
Your MSSP will also provide written documentation that proves you comply with GDPR. If you ever get questioned about your processes and networks, you can show the documents as evidence.
No matter how difficult your remediation plan is, it makes sense to have the MSSP follow through with the plan’s points. It’s unlikely that a member of your IT team has the right level of experience to tackle these problems and ensure compliance. Even if you have someone who can do the work, can you afford to let that person focus on a remediation project instead of continuing to meet his or her typical duties?
You don’t want to leave your team shorthanded while you work toward GDPR compliance.
Outsourcing to an MSSP Is Your Best Option for GDPR Compliance
Failing to comply with GDPR’s updating guidelines can result in fines in excess of €20 million ($23.99 million). Such a hefty fine should convince you to take GDPR compliance seriously.
Outsourcing to an MSSP is your best option for complying with GDPR and avoiding fines. By hiring an experienced professional who knows how to create an accurate gap analysis and completing a remediation plan, you get to save money and time while protecting yourself from the headaches of complicated regulations.
Don’t take the risk of getting fined. Outsource to an MSSP to make sure your company won’t attract the attention of GDPR regulators.