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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance

Thales?enables compliance with key provisions of the GDPR, strengthening organizations' security postures while helping them avoid financial penalties

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance

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Perhaps the most comprehensive data privacy standard to date, GDPR affects any organization that processes the personal data of EU citizens -?regardless of where the organization is headquartered.

Thales can help you comply with the critical Article 5, 32 and 34 GDPR rules related to:

  • The pseudonymisation and encryption of personal data;
  • Assessing the effectiveness of your security measures;
  • The unauthorized access to personal data.
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GDPR Overview

The General Data Protection Regulation is here. The GDPR is designed to improve personal data protections and increase organizational accountability for data breaches. With potential fines of up to four percent of global revenues or 20 million EUR (whichever is higher), the regulation certainly has teeth. No matter where your organization is located, if it processes or controls the personal data of EU residents, you need to be ready.

Specific Requirements

Some of the key provisions of the GDPR require organizations to:

  • Process personal data in a manner that ensures its security, “including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing” (Article 5)
  • Implement technical and organizational measures to ensure data security appropriate to the level of risk, including “pseudonymisation and encryption of personal data." (Article 32)
  • Have in place "a process for regularly testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organizational measures for ensuring the security of the processing." (Article 32)
  • Communicate “without undue delay” personal data breaches to the subjects of such breaches "when the breach is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms" of these individuals. (Article 34)
  • Safeguard against the "unauthorized disclosure of, or access to, personal data." (Article 32)

Encrypt Both Structured and Unstructured Data

Vormetric file-based transparent encryption provides the kind of "state of the art" data protection the GDPR specifies. Using Vormetric's encryption, your organization can render private data unintelligible to a cyber-intruder even in the event of a breach, thereby avoiding the breach notification requirement outlined in Article 34. The Article states that notification to the data subject shall not be required if the organization "has implemented appropriate technical and organizational protection measures, and those measures were applied to the personal data affected by the personal data breach, in particular those that render the personal data unintelligible to any person who is not authorized to access it, such as encryption."

In addition to avoiding a costly breach notification process, you can prevent substantial reputational damage resulting from a publicized breach.

Prevent Unauthorized Access to Personal Data

Thales products and solutions help our customers prevent unauthorized access to personal data, thus enabling compliance with Article 32. Specifically, our Vormetric Data Security Platform enables separation of duties between privileged administrators and data owners, and supports two-factor authentication.

Test, Assess and Evaluate Data Security Effectiveness

Vormetric’s Security Intelligence produces detailed security event logs that are easy to integrate with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems to produce the kind of security reports necessary for GDPR compliance. These enterprise network security information logs produce an auditable trail of permitted and denied access attempts from users and processes, delivering unprecedented insight into file access activities. These enterprise network security information logs can report unusual or improper data access and accelerate the detection of insider threats, hackers and the presence of advanced persistent threats that defeat perimeter security.

Other key data protection and security regulations

GDPR

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Perhaps the most comprehensive data privacy standard to date, GDPR affects any organisation that processes the personal data of EU citizens - regardless of where the organisation is headquartered.

PCI DSS

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Any organisation that plays a role in processing credit and debit card payments must comply with the strict PCI DSS compliance requirements for the processing, storage and transmission of account data.

Data Breach Notification Laws

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Data breach notification requirements following loss of personal information have been enacted by nations around the globe. They vary by jurisdiction but almost universally include a “safe harbour” clause.

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