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Getting ready for the GDPR: An IT leader’s guide

Originally Published:
May 2018

As the clock winds down toward the GDPR deadline, companies around the world are making a late push to bring their data protection practices into compliance. This ebook explains what the regulation encompasses and how you can protect your organization from costly penalties once it goes into effect.

From the ebook:

Through the power of information technology, any enterprise that sells products or provides services via the internet is technically a global business. Regardless of whether your organization is a one-person operation selling novelty T-shirts or a Fortune 100 company providing sophisticated cloud computing solutions, you are likely to have customers residing outside your country of origin. In general, this is considered a good thing.

However, with that global reach comes certain responsibilities, some of which are codified in laws and regulations with specific, and potentially costly, consequences. For example, the European Union (EU) is about to begin enforcing a new set of regulations designed to protect the data security and the privacy of its residents. Enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect May 25, 2018, and will be applicable to everyone residing in the EU and any business entity that transacts with them, regardless of the location of the business.

Put simply, if you have a customer living in an EU country and you collect any data from that customer as a result of a business transaction, you are subject to the rules and regulations of the GDPR. There are no exceptions for enterprise size or scope, which means any business with an internet presence is potentially subject to this law.

This guide explains what the GDPR is and how its provisions impact enterprises and their IT infrastructure.

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