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Privacy and Security by Design as the Key Requirement of GDPR

On May 25, 2018,  , the latest European regulation on personal data processing, comes into full force, requiring each and every aspect of business activities to comply with strict regulations on data security. In terms of software development, the Privacy and Security by Design approach is no less but a cornerstone of GDPR.

Benefits of Privacy and Security by Design

Even before GDPR, the need to integrate Privacy and Security by Design approach to the software development process has become an urgent matter, calling for quick action.

On the one hand, this is a direct result of a sharp increase in the scale of digitalization, since the volumes of critical data processed by the unprotected IT systems have grown dramatically. On the other hand, there is a significant escalation in the complexity and variety of cyberattacks, performed on a global scale.

By integrating the Privacy and Security by Design approach to their development processes, businesses can expect a substantial increase in the security level of data, processed by any IT system.

Following the Privacy and Security by Design approach in the process of software development fundamentally lowers risks of security incidents and reduces the likelihood of data breaches, losses, and corruption. Consequently, by following this approach, businesses may benefit from lowered reputational risks, avoid risks of penalties and fines, as well as unexpected expenses on disaster recovery and maintenance of supplied solutions, etc.

Besides lowering the abovementioned risks, applying Privacy and Security by Design approach allows to ensure IT systems compliance with modern privacy and data safety requirements. In this way, this approach allows to stay on the competitive edge, as well as strengthen and increase business readiness to comply with requirements of the ever-changing modern software development markets.

Adaptation Challenges and Findings

A long-term security service provider, Infopulse has been continuously working on improving own competence on Privacy and Data Protection by Design and successfully implements this approach in our projects. Our expertise and experience have proven to be invaluable for GDPR compliance implementation. Infopulse is already working with our suppliers, clients, and partners on said practices adaptation and implementation.

One of the toughest challenges we encountered is related to possible masking methods, specifics of anonymization, tokenization and ensuring of personal data privacy in Big Data projects. Infopulse is currently researching the most effective solutions to these and other issues, many of which we will demonstrate this CeBIT 2018.

On June 11-15, meet Infopulse security team at CeBIT 2018, in Hannover, Germany.   – for GDPR consulting and security services.

A Catalogue of Guides for GDPR Implementation

In this respect, we have assembled our own collection of Guides, Recommendations, and Books for Privacy and Data Protection by Design that might help you implement GDPR compliance to your software development activities.

We are happy to share some of our findings with our clients, partners, friends, and anyone interested. The following list below, presented by Infopulse security experts, includes the most important recommendations and guides in terms of European and world standards – with links included to the related websites.

At the same time, considering the importance (and even an indispensable need) to implement the abovementioned approach in all software development projects, Infopulse urges businesses to create and maintain their own Catalogue for “Privacy and Security by Design” approach implementation, making it available to all internal specialists.

Standards and Guides for Software Development Compliance with GDPR

Norwegian Data Protection Authority (DPA)

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European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)

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UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

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Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) of Singapore

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Information Security Forum (ISF)

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Microsoft

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USA NIST

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International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)

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CMU Software Engineering Institute (SEI)

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Expert GDPR Consulting and Implementation Services

Infopulse conducts workshops and offers consulting services on various aspects of GDPR implementation and compliance.

We also help companies to apply Privacy and Security by Design on any scale: covering the whole software development lifecycle, as well as focusing on specific aspects of this approach, as well as conduct training and workshops on this matter.