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10/16/2017
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GDPR Compliance: 5 Early Steps to Get Laggards Going

If you're just getting on the EU General Data Protection Regulation bandwagon, here's where you should begin.
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If You Think You're Compliant, Check Again

You might think you've closed all the holes, but don't be so sure. According to a recent report by Veritas, although 31% of companies surveyed believe they are already compliant with GDPR, only 2% actually are.

The first place to start, of course, is to find out if GDPR even applies to you. As ESET senior security researcher Stephen Cobb once explained in a blog: 'Your firm probably needs to comply with GDPR if: you monitor the behavior of data subjects who are located within the EU; you're based outside the EU but provide services or goods to the EU (including free services); or, you have an 'establishment' in the EU, regardless of where you process personal data (e.g. cloud-based processing performed outside of the EU for an EU-based company is subject to the GDPR).'

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If You Think You're Compliant, Check Again

You might think you've closed all the holes, but don't be so sure. According to a recent report by Veritas, although 31% of companies surveyed believe they are already compliant with GDPR, only 2% actually are.

The first place to start, of course, is to find out if GDPR even applies to you. As ESET senior security researcher Stephen Cobb once explained in a blog: "Your firm probably needs to comply with GDPR if: you monitor the behavior of data subjects who are located within the EU; you're based outside the EU but provide services or goods to the EU (including free services); or, you have an 'establishment' in the EU, regardless of where you process personal data (e.g. cloud-based processing performed outside of the EU for an EU-based company is subject to the GDPR)."

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10/21/2017 | 3:28:41 PM
Compliance oopsies
All of these tips are important for all data-protection initatives, but especially the first one, IMHO. So many organizations, in my experience, think that they are in compliance when it turns out they have a big ol' OOPS glaring them in the face.

The relationship that TJX had with PCI-DSS comes immediately to mind, for instance. That company's CIO, way back when, before and during its major breach, chose to stand on a relatively shoddy justification of PCI-DSS compliance.
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