The Importance of Incident Detection and Response in Maintaining GDPR Compliance

Posted by Melanie Klag on Oct 1, 2019 10:39:48 AM
Melanie Klag

Incident detection and response is the process of finding attackers in your IT infrastructure, monitoring or determining their activity, containing the threat and removing attackers or any viruses from your systems. When the European Union enacted the General Data Protection Regulation, which protects the personal data of EU citizens regardless of the geographical location of the organization using the data, companies all over the globe had to ensure they were prepared for cyber-attacks. If companies were not compliant with the GDPR, then they could not do business with any citizens or businesses based in the EU. To be compliant, data must be protected. Therefore, being able to immediately and effectively respond to incidents or threats of a data breach became of utmost importance.

Why Incident Detection and Response Matters

Since the primary objective of GDPR is to strengthen security and privacy protection for European Union customers, companies have to have plans in place to protect against a data breach and an effective response plan if a breach still occurs. Also, under the GDPR, notification of the breach is mandatory within 72 hours of first becoming aware of the data breach whenever it is likely to “result in a risk for the rights and freedoms of individuals.” This is where incident detection and response will make a break a company’s compliance with the GDPR.

In order to ensure your organization complies with GDPR regulations, you need to have a plan in place to detect and respond to a potential data breaches to minimize its impact on EU citizens. Without a plan, it will be significantly more difficult to meet the 72-hour notification guideline. In the case of cyber-attack, an effectively laid out incident response plan will allow you to respond quickly to limit the scope of the exposure.

Part of your incident response plan also needs to include data inventory. You must know where each individual’s data is store so that the incident response team can quickly know the potential impact of the incident and how to ensure the threat is contained and stopped. By knowing where the data lives and how it was affected, you will know if you need to notify or report under the GDPR.

It is also important to establish a timeline of the breach and determine the source of the attack. This will help you prioritize and conduct all of the remediation tactics. Be sure to verify that your incident response plan has successfully remediated the issue. As part of the notification requirement and compliance with the GDPR, your organization needs to document and inform the regulator of each step taken.


Is Your Organization Compliant with the GDPR?

Since GDPR went into effect in May 2018, most companies are well aware of the regulations and how to stay compliant. However, there is always room for improvement. Don’t let there be any question about your compliance. Create a solid incident detection and response plan so you can ensure your organization is as protected against a security breach as it can be. SubRosa Cyber Solutions’ expert incident detection and response management team will leverage real-world expertise, industry-leading technology and extensive threat intelligence to analyze and respond to a multitude of incidents, regardless of your organization’s size, to ensure you stay compliant with the GDPR and other regulations.


Topics: "Cybersecurity", Compliance, GDPR