With European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) enforcement day inching closer and closer on May 2018, organizations really need to put their heads together and act fast on the data security. The motto of the EU regulation is clear ‘Act or face the consequence’. Any non-compliance by the organization will have to be paid in the form of a steep fine and that amount is 4% of its annual global revenues. In upcoming section, read how CASB solution helps an enterprise in data protection.
It is but pertinent that all the organizations are hiring the services of cloud providers for data storage and processing since it is not economical or feasible to store and process such humongous amount of data on-premises. So both the organization and the cloud service provider either within or outside the EU who has EU citizens’ data with them fall under the purview of GDPR.
So how do organizations and cloud service providers’ work in tandem to secure the data? In order to practice Data Loss Prevention (DLP), CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) software hits the right target so that data can be secured and protected.
Organizations must audit, report and make required changes to their policies before May 2018 in order to comply with GDPR. Given the several features of a CASB solution, opting for the right CASB vendor or a solution provider should be their initial step to understanding and becoming GDPR compliant, if not handling the audit independently. With a CASB solution providers, an organization can benefit these facilities:
In the early phases of GDPR assessment, an organization needs to evaluate, track and understand the information flow of all the user data that it possesses; such as phone numbers, social security numbers, PINs, passwords, document numbers, passport, etc. DLP policies play an important role in monitoring the transmission of such confidential data, whether it is in motion (network traffic), in-use (endpoint actions), or at-rest (data storage). DLP policies also detect potential data breach or data-exfiltration transmission and help in preventing data loss.
Post evaluation the organization is in a better state to understand their standing for GDPR compliance and chances are that they need to build a more secure data ecosystem, this is where DLP comes into action. With DLP policies, an admin can restrict unauthorized data transfer or access from inadmissible users and devices, keeping the data secure, and organizations GDPR compliant.
In addition to the implementation of a CASB solution and its DLP policies, other measures need to be taken as well, by getting in touch with the GDPR regulators so that by the time this regulation is enforced, your organization is fully equipped to secure and protect the data of the EU citizens.