The responsibility of complying with data laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), falls on an organisation’s IT department—even though data is collected, processed and applied across all departments within a business. As CIO, you need your finger on the pulse of what data (namely, personal identified information, in the context of the GDPR) is used across your organisation, how at risk of exposure it is, and an awareness of the penalties, lawsuits and reputational damage associated with avoiding GDPR compliance.
Many data breaches that jeopardise GDPR compliance come from within the business
You might think that it would take an external data breach to scupper your business’ GDPR compliance. However, in many data breaches, the data breach is elicited by misplaced or internally misappropriated data, or data stored in an incorrect location. This highlights the importance of getting your entire organisation aware of GDPR compliance and ensuring that it is adhered to. On top of awareness, introducing SAP best practices—as part of an data management strategy—for GDPR compliance is another important step.
A security audit of end user-systems helps identify where your organisation is at risk of non-compliance
One way to circumvent an internal data breach is to conduct a security audit of all your organisation’s end-user systems. This will highlight any potential areas that could precipitate GDPR non-compliance. While the security audit will involve time and resource costs, these will be far outweighed by the penalties of non-compliance with the GDPR. Introducing two-factor authentication is another approach to ensuring that end-users who handle any personal identifiable information of those residing in the EU don’t accidentally fall short of compliance.
Compliance requirements are only set to become more stringent
Twenty odd years might have elapsed between the Directive and the GDPR, but given the expanding ubiquity of data use in business, it’s likely that these compliance requirements will be updated again after a much shorter time frame. Therefore, how your organisation approaches compliance and data protection needs to be an ongoing and evolving process to ensure that it’s always one step ahead of compliance laws.
Prepare for compliance by implementing an SAP data management strategy
When it comes to GDPR compliance (and indeed, any data compliance), prevention is the best cure: invest in stringent data compliance procedures now to avoid the risk of costly penalties that could derail your business. Proceed can assist with implementing an SAP data management strategy that will help your business prepare for GDPR compliance.
For more information about the implications of the GDPR for your organisation, and how SAP data management can be applied to aid compliance, download our guide: