Updating Cloud Platforms to Increase GDPR Compliance



Article Written by Sally Perkins

In light of the implementation of GDPR on May 25th, a recent revealed 56% of respondents plan to use private or multi-cloud platforms within the next 18 months. Even though these types of platforms offer many benefits to companies all around the globe, it has been found that the average European enterprises are especially prone to taking advantage of their many benefits and are using an average of 608 cloud apps. This signals a shift in the focus that organizations have to place on data security measures and compliance, and while you might likely understand how to use cloud computing and storage services, it is important to understand how to update them to meet these compliance measures as well.

The Current State of Unprotected Data

Of some 1,000 organizations surveyed in September 2018, over 35% of them responded that they manage between 1PB to 50PB of unstructured data and nearly 20% manage over 50PB of unstructured data. Due to the fact that the rate of data growth within these types of companies, many are looking for long term retention in the form of cloud storage. However, the motives behind cloud storage aren't necessarily what they seem. Many seem to be using the cloud as a destination to store data that is not regularly accessed but stored simply because of a data retention policy like the General Data Protection Regulation.

Benefits to an Updated Cloud Server

Properly updating a cloud server in the GDPR era can help improve your business's productivity by making information available to users with strengthened security and data governance. This not only strengthens security and reduces data risks, it helps reduce costs across private and multi-cloud environments. Following an update to the Hitachi Content Platform, for example, the systems research manager noted that "The latest software updates give customers the ability to own and control how their data is stored, protected, governed and accessed across workloads, on-premises storage platforms, and multiple public cloud deployments."
 
Focusing on Implementing Safety Standards
When relying on a cloud server to store company data, it is important to focus on optimizing the safety of your information regardless of any regulations in place. However, these regulations are designed to ensure the safety of your data and can help you focus on normalizing vulnerability management across different architectures. By developing a shared responsibility model for your company's IT team and the cloud service provider you use, you can effectively understand your business systems in a way that allows you to identify and minimize risk while also ensuring you are GDPR compliant.

Staying Ahead of Data Security Risks
Data is the critical element to growth and innovation within any organization, making it worth your time and money to tackle your company's GDPR compliance as soon as possible. This will not only ensure your data is safe from any risks or other cyber attacks but simply help ensure that you are in line with various international rules and regulations while also optimizing your company's operations and your employees' ability to work efficiently without fear of compromising critical information.

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About the Author

Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.