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The right perspective, processes, and solutions can ease compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and even create opportunities to increase customer engagement and corporate revenue.
The central goal of the GDPR is to protect the Personally identifiable information (PII) of European Union (EU) citizens, wherever the data may be. The need to protect personal data is nothing new. However, the fines for non-compliance are much higher under GDPR.
The challenges to effective PII protection are equally significant. Since an EU citizen's PII can exist anywhere, any protection efforts must assume it exists everywhere. PII is also typically accessed via connected endpoints and applications. This makes those network elements prime targets for cyber-attacks.
The Forrester Research 2016 Global Business Technographics® Security Survey found that clients and servers were the network elements most frequently targeted by external attackers. And with the increase in 'bring your own device' and cloud computing, securing those endpoints and applications is even more daunting, and essential, to PII protection and GDPR compliance.
Fortunately, the basic tasks required to deliver effective PII protection are not new, either. Modern solutions and processes for IT and cybersecurity management enable decision makers to perform three critical tasks effectively and consistently: discovery, so that you know everything important about your environment; insight to see and understand relevant conditions, relationships, interdependencies, and trends; and taking action to translate discovered information and insights into business benefits.
Ivanti has identified five key areas where Ivanti solutions can help simplify meeting the regulation's requirements.
Processes and solutions that address these areas of compliance effectively will maximise your organisation's ability to protect personal data, comply with GDPR, and avoid the significant fines and penalties associated with non-compliance. They will also provide a firm foundation for superior manageability, performance, and security of your IT infrastructure.
At many organisations, PII and other data related to customers is often inconsistently managed, spread across disparate informational and operational silos, incomplete, out of date, or all of the above. A successful journey to GDPR compliance can do more than reduce or eliminate such shortcomings. It can enable your business to discover, provide insight, and take action in ways that improve prospecting, conversion, cross-sell and up-sell at your organisation.
GDPR demands that your organisation not only protect PII but be able to document that protection credibly, on demand. The ability to perform these tasks, in turn, requires that all personal data you handle be well managed. GDPR can provide both incentive and justification for automation and modernising multiple processes and solutions related to data protection and the 5 areas of compliance. Depending on the specifics of your environment, areas of focus can range from endpoint security and application control to asset discovery, inventory, and management.
Effective automation and modernisation efforts can deliver multiple benefits:
Your organisation should treat GDPR compliance as less of a goal and more of a starting point. Your efforts to achieve and sustain compliance can also help you blaze new trails to higher customer and partner engagement levels, more sales, and new revenue streams.
The combination of Softcat expertise and Ivanti experience and solutions have helped customers prepare for GDPR, and can help your organisation achieve and sustain compliance and pursue more revenue streams. Ivanti solutions can help with discovery, inventory, and reporting of critical IT infrastructure elements, including those servers and applications that manage, manipulate, and store PII.
If you'd like to explore how you can utilise Ivanti's experience and solutions to help your organisation prepare for GDPR, please get in touch with your account manager or send us a message using the button below.
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