The digital age has brought with it many advantages such as eliminating geographical borders by making communication easier, shopping with a click of a button, heaps of information available at our fingertips and so much more. But along with so many advantages, the biggest downfall is the security of our data.

With so much data floating on the internet, cyber crimes have also increased tremendously. This is where General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR comes into the picture. GDPR is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. The law allows individuals to gain more control over their personal information. However it doesn’t just stop at that, GDPR can also be used for better data recovery. And, while many businesses are preparing to become compliant with this law, we bring you a guide to use GDPR for better data recovery.

Play it by the Rules of GDPR

It is crucial that your systems are compliant with the rules Article 32(i) of the new GDPR regulation states: “Taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing as well as the risk of varying likelihood and severity for the rights and freedoms of natural persons, the controller and the processor shall implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk, including inter alia as appropriate.

(a) the pseudonymisation and encryption of personal data; Article: 4 (b) the ability to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of processing systems and services; (c) the ability to restore the availability and access to personal data in a timely manner in the event of a physical or technical incident; (d) a process for regularly testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organisational measures for ensuring the security of the processing.” In accordance with this, it is important for your organization to demonstrate processes that revolve around security, recovery, availability testing your IT systems. These measures can help ensure timely and effective recovery with minimum risk.

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Create a Plan for Data Recovery

Define your sensitive areas and potential breaches. Following this, it is important to create a plan for notifying the authorities and customers about any personal data breaches in a timely manner. While planning for data recovery there are two main factors that need to be considered such as how long will it take to achieve full recovery and how much data could be lost during the recovery process.

Plan Timelines for Recovery

While planning your timelines for recovery it is important to involve your risk management and IT teams. Create a document for your process to set timelines for your recovery process. Also review the process keeping your backup data up to date in order that subjects can access, change and erase their data.

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Every process is pointless without first testing it. In order to check whether your systems are in compliance with the GDPR norms, it is important to conduct testing. You can perform recovery simulation in your testing phase. This process will help you identify the bottlenecks in your systems which when removed would allow for even faster recovery of data.

Make Amendments to Your Contract

Important for your company to draw a data sharing agreement in order to confirm how the data can be utilized with disclosure policies. This is important to make sure that your disaster recovery team has thought about GDPR.

GDPR law will be implemented on the 25th May 2018. It is important for businesses to prepare by becoming compliant with the law.

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