In recent years, there is an increased push by the government on the need to improve and ensure organizations adhere to set policy on cybersecurity. These guidelines have seen an increase in spending towards attaining malware-free systems even as data companies race to secure themselves and avoid the increase in the number of data breaches in the recent past.
Many states have been pushing for the passing of hundreds of bills that address privacy regulations and hence driving more and more institutions that handle data into huge spending. However, compliance with these new privacy regulations is not security and security is not compliance.
Computer systems could still face serious security threats even in the midst of compliance and huge spending. Though these new privacy regulations are completely changing and transforming the face of cybersecurity, the threat of data breach still stands unless spending is directly aimed in the right direction.
Examples of New Privacy regulations
GDPR- This refers to the General Data Protection Regulation
CCPA – It stands for the California Consumer Privacy Act
How the new privacy regulations are driving spending though the need to purchase of the required tools to ensure compliance for the regulations being pushed forth has sent organizations and other data entities into the market in search and purchase of security tools and other products. The estimate in expenditure is forecasted to be in an upward growth of up to $537 Million by the year 2022. This shows how serious these regulations require organizations to comply.
To ensure consistency compliance while at the same time ensuring avoidance of common cybersecurity pitfalls has sent companies hiring as there is a need to have more expensive professional skilled personnel to help set up and run the requisite systems. An example is a requirement from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) which required companies and other organizations to hire a Data Protection Officer to be in charge of monitoring compliance internally, give advice on how to protect data as an obligation of the organization, and also be the link between the organization and the authorities that supervise compliance.
Through ensuring compliance and security for your system you must have purchased a risk management protocol that is based on a regular process that identifies, assesses, and responds to the identified risk.
Companies must establish an automated system of data discovery and organization. This will help classify and secure sensitive data in regulated data buckets which makes it easy to carry out proper controls over the data and at the same time protect critical information. In an event where a client requests an extract or a data delete, this system makes it easier and seamless.
Companies must spend money on developing a strict data access policy Your organization’s data access policy should be well defined and strict in that it stipulates who exactly access what in order to prevent data leaks and at the same time acting as a source of evidence for system compliance auditors. The measures will help auditors carefully see who is eligible to access different levels of data and other sensitive information. A well-outlined consent data management. This is based on the requirement that an organization is required to get consent from clients before they sell or use the data they have.
Organizations must also collaborate and work together with other cybersecurity players and stakeholders in order to ensure compliance and security which requires companies to frequently raise awareness and constantly be investing training employees.