Dec 11
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Privacy Readiness: Four important events to be prepared for

GDPR means more responsibility for your organization, and increased data privacy rights for your customers. Reaching full compliance can be tough, but there are four events where privacy readiness is extra important. We will write about these in a series of blog posts. This first one is about preparing for data breaches.

Data breaches affect millions

Almost weekly, we read about data breaches in newspapers. Data breaches happen to millions of people, and thousands of businesses. They include the release of confidential, private information into an unsecured environment. They can be the result of innocent mistakes or deliberate attacks, and the consequences can be severe for businesses as well as individuals.

strategies that will keep you in control

  1. Train your organization so it’s aware of what constitutes a breach under GDPR, and how to act in case of a suspected breach. Your staff should know when a situation needs to be escalated, and who to turn to in case of a breach.
  2. Make sure you escalate breaches in your organization. Keep a short escalation chain where everyone knows who is responsible for what, so information about the breach reaches the right person at the right time. If you work in a large or complex organization, extra training for data protection champions is a good idea.
  3. In order to help you to identify, assess and mitigate risks related to data processing activities, routines are necessary. You should also have routines to enable appropriate assessment and documentation of a suspected breach. Create a system to implement a step-by-step process for how to evaluate a suspected breach.

Read more about preparing for data breaches with the help of our tool Incident Manager. 

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