After a two-year transition phase, the much-discussed and quite controversial EU-GDPR has become mandatory for all EU companies. Since this date, all companies in the EU are required to adapt their IT systems and IT security guidelines and architectures accordingly. Meeting EU GDPR requirements can get complex and costly. ESKA offers you a comprehensive consulting service to help your organization meet compliance hassle-free.


Types of privacy data protected by the GDPR

Primary identity data such as name, address, or ID numbers.

Web data relating to the user's security (includes the location and IP address, RFID tags, and cookies).

Genetic and health data.

Biometric data.

Data related to race or ethnical belonging.

Political data such as opinion or the belonging to the particular political force.

Information about sexual orientation.

Fundamental principles of GDPR compliance

If personal data is processed, this processing must always be lawful and may only be carried out in a specific way. Therefore, data protection-compliant information handling is only guaranteed if the particular data protection principles specified in the GDPR are observed. Following the principles, we mention below, grants successful compliance for enterprises of any size. Also, they would be helpful for those individuals whose business is connected to handling personal data and who want to deal with it using the fundamental GDPR principles.

The GDPR has seven fundamental principles that summarize the legislation requirements. 

    Transparency and lawfulness of the collected information. It must always be apparent to the person concerned about their personal data processing. "Secret" processing is not permitted.
    Limited purposes for collecting personal data.
    Data minimization. When processing data, only as much personal data may be collected as is necessary for the respective processing purpose. The principle applies: "As much data as necessary, as little data as possible." This is intended to protect the data subject from excessive disclosure of personal data.
    Storage limitation. If personal data is no longer required, it must be deleted unless the deletion conflicts with statutory retention requirements (especially in commercial and tax law). As long as the retention period runs, the data will not be deleted but blocked by the person responsible for further use.
    Integrity and confidentiality. Personal data must be treated securely and confidentially. In particular, unauthorized persons must not have access to it and must not be able to use the data or the equipment with which they are processed.
    Accountability. Your company must be able to prove to supervisory authorities that it complies with all the requirements of the GDPR. For this reason, you must precisely document the legal, technical, and organizational measures you have taken to ensure data protection.

How do we minimize the cyber-risks when complying with GDPR?

Because of the new legal requirements, companies now need in-depth advice and a concept for a new, efficient, and user-friendly IT security concept that can meet the GDPR compliance standards. Companies must take appropriate technical and organizational measures (e.g., data backup, encryption, access controls) to protect data from accidental destruction, loss, or unlawful use by third parties. Otherwise, there is a risk of high fines. GDPR is not a thing that could be taken lightly. The GDPR requires providers to secure their IT systems according to the "state of the art." ESKA could help you strengthen your network defenses to fill the gaps in information security, making your enterprise GDPR-complaint.

Consultancy and services provided by ESKA can help your company prepare for GDPR compliance, and as a result, you will get:

    Improved resilience against cyber-attacks.
    Proper understanding of cybersecurity threats leading to their minimization.
    Demonstration of cyber essentials understanding and proper implementation.
    Rapid detection capability for malicious threats response.
    The breaches of reports within 72 hours.
    Raised employee awareness and enhanced security policies.

Process of GDPR

The GDPR strengthens data processing. The institute of GDPR has developed a step-by-step process to deliver it smoothly.
The next steps would provide you with clear guidance on compliance with the GDPR standards.


Assess current Data systems, policies and procedures.

    Be aware of what data types your company obtains, how securely it is stored and whether it is well protected. What kind of data and technology is in charge of data protection?
    Review the policies and procedures related to data storage, including data encryption, sensitive information proper handling, secure remote access, mobile devices, third parties, and data breach notifications.
    Request a third-party cybersecurity provider to assess the current state of your company's protection objectively.


Fill out the gaps and identify risks to meet the GDPR requirements.

    Make sure that current systems, procedures, and policies are up-to-date to adequately protect the company’s data and don’t have any weak spots to allow data breaches to happen. 
    Question yourself, whether individual rights are respected and systems are in place for personal data safe transferring and timely deletion. 
    Be sure that requests for customers’ data usage are clear on the aim and period of personal data usage.


Identity solutions.

    When the respective risks or gaps are identified, research the appropriate solutions to fill the gaps.
    Implement the solutions.


Designate a Data Protection Officer or lead contact

    If your company is required for data protection, it could be mandatory to assign a DRO to be in charge of initiatives connected with data protection initiatives and the Data Protection Authority.
    The lead contact in data management or DPO could be in charge of data protection strategies communication, approving them with senior management.


Training staff to keep them aware

    Staff should be aware of amended processes to fully comply with the GDPR.
    It would be conceivable to hold online training courses with subsequent online testing, which is mandatory for every employee who has access to personal data.

Benefits of GDPR

The mandate of GDPR core digital privacy legislation applies to organizations based in the EU and those with EU-based customers/ or users. ESKA will ensure the smooth optimization of business processes to comply with legal requirements.
The six most important advantages at a glance.

Enhanced data management.

An even company&brand reputation will never suffer from a data breach being fully protected.

With easier automation of business processes, the costs and human resources for the manual processing and correcting addresses are reduced.

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You would gain a better understanding of data collection processes. Moreover, uniform formatting, duplicate cleansing, and up-to-dateness positively affect follow-up processes.

Drastically improved trust and credibility.

An even privacy playing field would improve your company's image and ensure fewer complaints.

What do you get as a result?

If your business is affected by the GDPR, we highly suggest consulting a cybersecurity provider to ensure that your enterprise is fully compliant with GDPR standards. Do you want to:● Make your business processes legally compliant?● Validate and update your GDPR-standardized data compliance?● Fulfill your comprehensive obligation to provide information regarding stored data?● Sustainably minimize business risks concerning data protection incidents or fines?
If yes, ESKA is here to help you overcome global data protection challenges and position your organization to meet the GDPR challenge with ease.


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