7 March 2018

Best Practices for GDPR Compliance in 10 Steps


Best Practices for GDPR Compliance in 10 Steps

GDPR compliance can be a very challenging goal if the organization’s data landscape is highly diversified and fragmented. To achieve GDPR compliance and have full control of the data assets, organizations should have a comprehensive governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) strategy in place. This gives a direction for evolving an effective data privacy regime that helps mitigate risks, ensure compliance, build trust and protect organization’s brand value.

To-Increase suggests you lay the groundwork for a successful compliance journey early on, when you define the project goals. At that time, you also should review your existing business processes and data landscape, identify organization’s exposure, key focus areas and activate a project governance structure to help meet the goals. You define and document the top-priority as-is and to-be processes and map organizations capabilities to them.

Here are the following 10 best practices to implement and make your GDPR compliance a success:

          1. Treat GDPR Compliance Project as a strategic investment with perennial benefits.
          2. Ensure top management support. Business and IT Leadership (Chief information officer and Legal Head) should own the responsibility for GDPR compliance project deliverable.
          3. Proper organizational alignment. This should involve chief information security officer, Legal, compliance, HR and Data Protection officer.
          4. Initiate an organization-wide data mapping and analytics project.  Minimize platforms for data and procedure management for cloud, on-premise and unstructured data. Ideal will be having just one platform which provides a complete overview at any time.
          5. Ensure process governance .i.e. ongoing maintenance of process documentation.
          6. Setup a Continuous Improvement Framework which involves SOTA (state-of-the-art) targets.
          7. Put in place a robust response and communication process if in the worst case a breach happens.
          8. Once GDPR compliant, know how Rapidvalue BPM Suite can implement specific GRC (governance, risk management and compliance) and GDPR business processes and flows.
          9. Align your GDPR compliance goals and objectives with RapidValue BPM Suite.
          10. As an extension, know how Security and Compliance Studio for D365 for Finance and Operations enables companies to take a major step towards safeguarding data assets and resources in alignment with GDPR compliance.

To conclude, the advice is to start on the GDPR compliance journey as soon as possible if you have not done it already. The deadline is fast approaching.  Accrued benefits coming out of this journey will be immense as it provides an opportunity to have a fresh look and re-engineer all Data GRC related policies.

For more actionable ideas and insights into achieving GDPR compliance, download the eBook here

Vivek Singh,
Vivek Singh,
Product Manager Business Productivity

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