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GDPR. 4 Letters That Change Everything. Are You Ready?



The deadline for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance is coming up fast. You need to get GDPR-ready or face severe financial and reputation consequences. 

Taking effect on May 25, 2018, The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most significant and comprehensive global data privacy regulation ever developed. It presents any organization that collects personally identifiable information of EU citizens wHPE Storage GDPR_blog.jpgith two choices: Ensure sensitive customer data is kept secure and protected or face severe financial penalties and damaging reputational consequences.

Key challenges presented by GDPR

  • Increasing complexity to ensure compliance: CIOs are already dealing with how to keep their business protected and their data secure in the context of an evolving threat landscape. But the scope of the GDPR substantially increases their data protection obligations and risk profile. Achieving compliance with the GDPR’s requirement for “privacy by design” requires a time-consuming shake up of data security and protection processes which touches every part of the organisation. Considering the short preparation period, many CIOs are unsure where to start first.
  • Risks, threats and vulnerabilities are growing in both variety and volume: To ensure GDPR compliance, CIOs need to be confident that IT security and data protection capabilities can address evolving infrastructure threats. However, you are concerned that you are not protected from malware-infected firmware and that your network security policies are inconsistent. You also need to ensure that data protection does not become a costly and unreliable bottleneck for flash workloads and that the mix of hybrid IT infrastructure is available and protected.
  • The stakes are high: GDPR has sharp teeth. Compliance is not an option–it is a requirement. The financial impact and reputational damage of non-compliance changes the risk equation significantly, making data protection an executive boardroom and investor-level concern as opposed to a purely IT issue. Mandatory breach notification within 72 hours to regulators and customers means there is no hiding place for organizations that fail to protect personal data. The financial penalties for non-compliance can also be prohibitive, resulting in fines of a maximum of up to €20million or 4% of global annual turnover, whichever is the greater.
  • Time is running out: The deadline for GDPR compliance is only a year away and yet many organizations have failed to begin any work on ensuring that their data protection processes are compliant. Many customers may not even realize that their current infrastructure security represents a weakness. Most organizations will struggle to meet the May 25, 2018 deadline. According to Gartner, “By the end of 2018, over 50% of companies affected by the GDPR will not be in full compliance with its requirements.”

Key opportunities presented by GDPR

  • GDPR is an opportunity for security and data protection modernization: View adaptation to the GDPR as an opportunity to transform the way you protect and secure your business. The right data protection and security governance approach delivers not just compliance, but business advantage. Comply with confidence, grow the trust of your customers and make GDPR a positive differentiator for your business.
  • Secure and protect Hybrid IT: Ensuring security and protection for your mix of hybrid infrastructure – from and virtualized to private cloud – is critical to powering your new and legacy applications and workloads. Not that long ago, organizations deployed security strategies focused on blocking and securing the perimeter, locking down users, access and data. In a hybrid world, the perimeter has dissolved. Your users are interacting with your data and applications in the cloud, on mobile devices and within your network. Deploy a Hybrid IT protection and security solution that enables you to meet any  availability, protection and security service levels for your applications and data wherever it lives – on-premises, virtual, hybrid or public cloud.

HPE security and data protection solutions

When it comes to security and data protection, we have your back – providing you with the confidence to confront evolving threats.

  • Secure your infrastructure: HPE server, networking and storage infrastructure has state-of-the-art encryption and breach detection technology designed in, enabling you to secure your IT service delivery platforms.
  • Maximise uptime and prevent outages: With HPE 3PAR all-flash arrays, you can ensure near continuous availability for applications and infrastructure by eliminating planned and unplanned downtime – within, across and between all-flash data centers.
  • Reduce risk of data loss and ensure rapid recovery: The threat and risk of data loss is growing in both variety and volume, equating to lost revenue, lost productivity and lost reputation. HPE Data Protection solutions provide one stop to cover the complete continuum of data protection to meet any service level, any time – whether on-premises, virtual, hybrid or public cloud.

The bottom line

As you get ready for the GDPR, a first-class security and data protection process is the bedrock. HPE can provide state-of-the art encryption and breach detection technologies that deliver end-to-end server, networking and storage infrastructure which is secure and protected from the start – from edge to core to cloud.

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 Meet Around the Storage Block blogger Simon Watkins, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery and Archive (BURA), HPE Storage.




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