GDPR: why so serious?

Anna Khrupa by Anna Khrupa on May 15, 2018

GDPR: why so serious?

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force at the 25th of May and aims at maintaining secure use of data for EU citizens. It is a bunch of requirements that are very promising for those who trust companies with their personal information. On the other hand, businesses see GDPR as the major challenge of 2018 and get terrified by the word. Let’s figure out how GDPR is going to change the way companies use, process, and keep user data.

  • GDPR requirements: what’s so challenging for your business?
  • Data protection. Why, what, how to protect date (and from whom)?
  • How GDPR is related to software security testing?
  • Why is everybody scared of the GDPR?

What’s the challenge behind the GDPR requirements?

We all are sick and tired of data breaches, especially after the Equifax case, when 147 million consumers’ sensitive information was compromised. Let’s not forget Facebook, Yahoo, Gmail, eBay, Uber, Apple, Slack, and more famous data breaches that happened during the past couple of years. That’s too much data and money to be lost, too much time spent on reputation recovery, and too many customers disappointed in online services once and for all. And then comes the GDPR.

However promising these regulations are, they are a real struggle for businesses. The financial industry, IT outsourcing, eCommerce, and basically every company that holds and records any kind of user data will have to put in a lot of work on the way to GDPR compliance.

General Data Protection Regulations are merciless and clear:

  • You are responsible for data collected from EU citizens regardless your company’s location or where exactly you keep and process that information.
  • If you happen to lose, reveal, or compromise the records, your business is under the risk of 4% annual turnover or €20 million GDPR fine, depending on which sum is bigger for your specific case.
  • You have to put together all your Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policies, and whatever legal docs you inconspicuously placed on the bottom of your pages/emails/apps, and throw them away rewrite them according to the GDPR. They have to be clear, simple, and easily accessible.

This is only a GDPR overview, and obviously there are more requirements to implement into your business processes.

Why do you need data protection?

With GDPR becoming the major focus of these days users become more aware of their rights for data protection and get demanding as never before. They want their names, birth dates, IDs and social security numbers, phone and credit card numbers, etc to be encrypted or at least securely stored in your databases. Read our article with top 10 database security issues to learn more on the topic.

Moreover, they not only want to be sure of full protection, but also have a right to know where you keep their data, how exactly you process it, and for what purposes. The right to be forgotten is another reason for concern, especially for businesses that collect a base of potential clients and offer their services through regular emails and newsletters.

What GDPR has to do with security testing?

GDPR compliance not only depends on intelligently-written Privacy Policies, but also directly intertwines with the way your software, app, or website is built. Cyber security software can’t fully protect the records from sophisticated hackers. Data encryption doesn’t always work as planned, if your database is easily accessible by third-party applications. Information transferring poses a big threat of data leaks. Irregular software security updates may lead to misuse of numerous functions, thus becoming a real temptation for hackers that know how to operate with malicious SQL injections to gain access over the database.

However, there is a great way to protect your business from distressing consequences. If you conduct security testing before final software deployment, there are chances your company name won’t be mentioned in the “Data breaches of 2018” list. User data security testing means multiple checks of the app code and database infrastructure to ensure hackers can’t carry out malicious data inputs.

QArea is a top software development outsourcing company in Eastern Europe. Our team is keen on high quality and rapid software delivery. We create our own products to ensure transparency, boost the effectiveness, scalability, and consistency of our collaboration. We follow SLA, CMMI standards, and already have the experience of ensuring our own products comply with GDPR. QArea has 170+ certified testing engineers who are ready to provide you with high-grade security testing services.

Finally, why is everybody scared of the GDPR? Obviously because of the word “regulations” in the name.

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