The deadline for GDPR has come and gone and a year has passed, and while some Companies were completely prepared for this new regulation, there are others that are still in the very early stages.

It’s a very complex set of regulations but it is not something that organisations need fear, it is more about applying common sense data security ideas. Things like privacy by design is now not only a good practice it has become the law.

Our advice would be to approach GDPR as an opportunity to ensure that you have the fundamental security and protection mechanisms in place around your data.

Consider this GDPR fact, only 4% of GDPR rules relate to IT scope, meaning most of the regulation refers to data management, people, and processes. In saying that we can make use of software to help in this regard.

Implementing data lifecycle policies so that you only retain the exact data you need and for the required duration helps with the daily management of your data and can provide an economic win as you tier your datasets accordingly. DellEMC has a full portfolio of storage platforms for each tier and data encryption at rest can be enabled across all platforms including backup targets.

The Dell EMC Data Protection Suite Family provides comprehensive, industry-leading data protection to enterprise organizations of any size. Protecting data using technology from replication to snapshot to backup and archive. However, it’s not just about protection it’s also about being able to find data and the inbuilt DPS Search includes search capabilities so you can find data quickly and efficiently.

Solutions such as DellEMC Isolated Recovery can help you isolate in the event of a security breach because as we are all aware it is about containment rather than elimination when it comes to security. The comprehensive and flexible search options provided by the Varonis Suite allow you to find and lock down access to personal information with considerable precision.

The GDPR answer is not about throwing software tools at the problem but by unifying your practices, policies, and technologies so you have interconnected visibility and better able to manage risk. Asystec can help you on your GDPR journey.