Prevent million dollar fines - preparing for the EU General Data Regulation
On December 1st, Anthony Merry presented the proposed changes for the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what this means for you as an organization.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Prevent million dollar fines - preparing for the EU General Data Regulation
The proposed EU Data Regulation
and what this means for you
• Anthony Merry
• Director of Product Management
• Proposed EU Data Protection Regulation
• Survey results: European attitudes to data protection
• How to comply with the Regulation and minimize fines in the
event of a breach
• Stopping breaches in the first place
EU Data Protection
Establish a single, pan-European law to
replace the current inconsistent
patchwork of national laws.
Modernize the principles enshrined in the 1995 Data
Benefits of the new Regulation
Benefits for businesses
1. One EU market, one law
2. One-stop-shop – a single supervisory authority
3. Same rules for all companies
Benefits for EU citizens
1. Better data security
2. Putting people in control
Data security focus
3 key Articles pertaining to data security :
1. Security of processing (Article 30)
a. prevent any unauthorized access to personal data
b. prevent any unauthorized disclosure, reading, copying, modification,
erasure or removal of personal data
2. Notification of a personal data breach to the supervisory
authority (Article 31)
3. Communication of a personal data breach to the data
subject (Article 32)
What you need to know
• Organizations must:
• implement appropriate security measures to protect personal data
• have a clear data protection policy
• have a named Data Protection officer (except SMEs)
• Fines for unprotected data breaches will range up to €1 million
or 2% of annual turnover.
• If you suffer a breach and can show that the personal data can’t
be accessed by unauthorized people (e.g. it was encrypted):
• The likelihood of being fined should be very greatly reduced
• You won’t need to notify affected data subjects of the breach
How to ensure
compliance with the
Encryption is key
The Regulation will require organizations to:
1. Implement ‘appropriate security measures’ to protect personal data
Encryption is widely agreed to be the best data security measure
2. Notify affected parties in the event of a personal data breach
If you can prove the data was encrypted you don’t need to notify
the individuals concerned
3. Pay fines in the event of a personal data breach
If the data was encrypted it’s highly likely that no fines will be
Encryption is key
But What? Where? When?
Lost or Stolen Device
• Accidental loss or Theft of a device is a common
• Only authorized user should access devices.
• How many devices have you lost?
Copy Files to Removable Media
• These tiny devices can store large amounts of data
and are easily misplaced.
• Block or protect?
• Where is your first USB stick and what was on it?
Attach Files to E-Mail
• We all email & we all make mistakes (it happens)
• What’s the consequence of sending the wrong
attachment to the wrong person?
• Encrypt file attachments or examine at Gateway?
Copy Files to a Network Share
• Today’s Operating Systems make sharing data on the
Network very simple.
• Protect against Internal Threats.
• Who is allowed to access company/user data?
Copy Files to the Cloud
• Cloud Storage Services revolutionized the way we
share data between users and devices.
• What have you stored in the Cloud and what
happens if someone steals it?
• Encrypt the data before sending it to the Cloud.
Rock solid data protection strategy
It’s all about the data
1. How does data flow into and
out of your organization?
2. How do end users use the
3. Who has access to company
data and do they need it to
perform their job?
4. How does data glow out of an
5 steps to stop data getting into the wrong hands
1. Keep patches up-to-date
Data-stealing malware often exploits known vulnerabilities.
2. Apply multi-layered entry-point protection
Secure against multiple vectors of attack with Web, Email and Malware
protection at the gateway.
3. Select Advanced Threat Protection
Choose a next-generation firewall that detects and blocks attacks directly
on the network.
4. Use Selective Sandboxing
Secure against slow-moving or delayed threats.
5. Limit dissemination of sensitive data
Deploy Application Control and Data Control
• This legislation WILL go ahead
• It has already progressed very far, and with very high support. It will not
be allowed to fail.
• Key stakeholders want to move fast
• European Commission
• European Parliament
• Data Protection Authorities
• Individual Governments
• Media pressure is building up
• PRISM, large scale data thefts (e.g. Target)
• Confidence from citizens in online activities is eroding
• You need to be ready
• Implement appropriate data security measures
• Create and communicate your data protection policy
Resources available to help you
• Sample Data Protection Policy
• 60-Second EU Data Security Compliance Check
• Whitepaper on EU Data Protection Regulation
• Try the Sophos products for free
All available at www.sophos.com/EU
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