GDPR Readiness Review

GDPR Readiness Review

  1. Overview

A GDPR readiness review is an assessment of an organization’s compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a set of rules and regulations established by the European Union (EU) to protect the personal data of EU citizens. The review typically includes an examination of an organization’s data protection policies and procedures, as well as its data management systems and infrastructure. The goal of the review is to identify any gaps in compliance and to provide recommendations for addressing them. Some of the key areas that may be examined during a GDPR readiness review include data governance, data processing activities, data security, and incident management.

  1. Approach

Preparing for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance requires people, process and technology. Optiv has the proven ability to look at a company’s approach to GDPR readiness from a holistic perspective and provide a thorough review of the following: data mapping, legal bases, data security, data subject rights, data protection impact assessments, data processing agreements, international data transfers, data protection policies, and GDPR readiness checklists. Additionally, one effective approach to GDPR readiness is to conduct GDPR assessments based on interviews, based on documentation review, maybe even conducting privacy impact assessments. All of these approaches are required for you to ensure GDPR compliance.

  1. Benefits

The key benefits of a GDPR Readiness Review include improved security, reduced risk of data breaches, the ability to easily detect and respond to threats, improved data protection, simplified operations and increased trust and transparency between organizations and their customers. Additionally, GDPR compliance can also help businesses save money by reducing the amount of data storage required and by streamlining their data governance policies. Finally, GDPR-compliant organizations are better-equipped to handle data subject requests and perform data protection impact assessments (DPIAs).

  1. Deliverables

A GDPR readiness review typically includes the following deliverables:

  • A comprehensive report outlining the current state of the organization’s data protection practices, including any areas of non-compliance with GDPR.
  • Recommendations for improvement, including specific actions the organization should take to bring its practices into compliance with GDPR.
  • A plan for implementing the recommendations and achieving compliance with GDPR.
  • Supporting documentation, such as data flow diagrams and privacy impact assessments, to assist the organization in understanding its data protection practices and identifying areas for improvement.
  • Training materials for staff, to ensure that they understand their obligations under GDPR and know how to handle personal data in compliance with the regulation.
  • A GDPR compliance certification that shows that the organization has completed the readiness review and has taken the necessary steps to comply with GDPR.
  1. Training

GDPR readiness review typically includes trainings for staff to ensure that they understand their obligations under GDPR and know how to handle personal data in compliance with the regulation. Some examples of trainings that may be included in a GDPR readiness review are:

  • Overview of GDPR: This training provides a general introduction to GDPR, including its scope, key concepts, and the rights and obligations of organizations and individuals.
  • Data Protection Officer (DPO) training: This training is specifically designed for DPOs and covers their role and responsibilities under GDPR, including how to advise the organization on compliance and handle data protection incidents.
  • Data Processing training: This training focuses on the specific data processing activities of the organization and the GDPR requirements that apply to these activities.
  • Data Security training: This training covers GDPR requirements related to data security, such as the need to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect personal data.
  • Data Breaches training: This training covers the process to be followed in case of a data breach and the reporting requirements to the supervisory authority and the data subjects.
  • Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) training: This training covers the process of conducting a PIA and how to use the results to identify and mitigate privacy risks.
  • Data Subject Rights training: This training covers the rights of data subjects under GDPR and how to handle requests for access, rectification, erasure, and data portability.

The training’s format can be in person, online or through e-learning platforms.


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