Considering using gap analysis to rule out any lasting GDPR worries, but not entirely sure what it can do for your business in the long run? When it comes to GDPR compliance, it’s important to take every measure possible to ensure you and your business are completely above board. Gap analysis is just one of the comprehensive assessments you can use to make sure that your business’s practices will never fall foul of either data security losses, or even more importantly when it comes to your business continuity, your clients’ distrust in your data safeguarding capabilities.
So what exactly is gap analysis, and how can your business benefit from it? During this form of testing, a team of security experts carry out an extensive assessment of your current processes and procedures, in order to suggest changes that will ultimately ensure your business is as compliant with GDPR regulations as possible. From governance to risk management, process analysis and PIMS assessment, gap analysis makes sure to cover every base, securing both your data compliance and your confidence in handling the fallout from a potential data breach. Ultimately, gap analysis prepares you for the impact of a data emergency by assessing where a breach is most likely to come from within your systems, and taking measures as a result of this assessment to stop the breach from ever being able to take place.
Starting from scratch: How does gap analysis assess weaknesses in your infrastructure?
The first step in any comprehensive gap analysis plan is to scope out your objectives, potential risks and frameworks you currently have in place. Your gap analysis can be as thoroughly exhaustive as you need it to be; testing your security systems in this way is a chance to get to know your infrastructure inside out.
Let’s say you work in a client facing company that regularly sends customer data between employees. Because the nature of your company means your team handles sensitive information on a regular basis, your gap analysis assessment might look more closely into the exact roles, responsibilities and authority each member of your staff has. As well as ensuring your team keeps their data protection knowledge up to date, undertaking a clear gap analysis assessment here means that you can predict your business’s accountability if you do suffer a data breach. Understanding your business in this way is vital in helping you prepare for the worst, and more importantly, recovering from it.
Resolving the issues: Using gap analysis to plug the stops
Once you have an awareness of the holes within your infrastructure, a thorough gap analysis assessment will offer solutions that can be put in place to stop those holes from becoming a risk to your business. Gap analysis offers two-fold guidance at this stage; as well as making the most out of controls and infrastructures that are already in place, the process can be carried out by experienced engineers, who will offer you extensive support depending on the different procedures your business will need to carry out to ensure your compliance. Educating your team about these procedures and processes is a key part of the gap analysis assessment. The engineers dealing with your business will have a thorough and comprehensive understanding of GDPR policies, by making the most of this knowledge through gap analysis, you can ensure your business will not only be protected from any current risks to your infrastructure but will be better equipped to fend off any threats in the future.
Strategising for the future: Making sure your gap analysis will go the distance
As the policies and processes surrounding GDPR continue to change, your gap analysis should work as hard as possible to ensure your data security is at its peak protectivity. No matter how prepared you are, the changing nature of cyber threats and hacks means that you can never be fully protected from potential dangers. While gap analysis falls under this, the rigorous nature of the testing means it can offer you an extensive insight into the issues that could affect your business further down the line. By understanding the dangers arising in our cyber-driven world, you can predict, and then put a stop to, threats that could otherwise cause serious damage to your data transfers and your business’s reputation. Implementing a gap analysis assessment that establishes the possibility of upcoming threats and trends, as well as those already impacting the digital world, will mean you are best protected as possible in the years to come.
At CIS, we know how important data security is to the future of your business. Our comprehensive gap analysis assessment makes sure that when it comes to GDPR compliance, you’ll never be caught off guard. Contact us for compliance measures that make your business continuity the ultimate priority.