GDPR - Controlling Data Access

With the introduction of the GDPR, strong authentication, encryption and other security measures are established as data protection standards responsible organisations are expected to utilize or face the consequences.

A key part of the regulation is minimising access to only those with legitimate need to access personal data, and having a clear audit trail and visibility of who is accessing personal data, when and what those parties are doing to that data at all times.

Identity and Access Management Solutions such as Multi-factor Authentication, Access Policy Management, Identity Assurance and Privileged Account Management are central to achieving this.

Today organisations are asking in relation to GDPR and Access :

Can I continue to meet new business demands — like cloud and mobile devices?

Can I centrally manage, control and administer all my users and endpoints?

Who controls my user data? How can control and visibility be centralised?

How can I incorporate additional security layers to help fortify against threats?

How can I protect privileged accounts from misuse and breach?

And how do I keep it all practical and cost-effective?

Pillars of Privacy by Design – Establishing Appropriate User Access

Passwords vs Strong Authentication

Repeatedly weak credentials are exploited to gain unauthorised access to sensitive resources or perpetrate a full-blown breach.

Organisations can eliminate this vulnerability via strong, multi-factor authentication to any resource that holds value, be it a network, portal, or application. Strong authentication increases the level of assurance that a user is who they claim to be, enabling compliance

Identity & Access Management

Organisations need to verify the legitimacy of user identities and data transactions to prove compliance. It is critical that security controls in place are demonstrable and auditable.

Access Policy Management serves a vital function; protecting user identities and ensuring data is accessed only legitimate purposes. This enables the documentation & control of user transactions to ensure they are role appropriate.

Cloud and Mobile Access Controls

Evolving business needs around mobile devices and cloud applications create new access control considerations. To protect data businesses need to establish controls
which fit around the diverse means of access
of employees, customers & partners.

As GDPR places obligations on controllers for PII stored anywhere, on endpoints and in the cloud, securing cloud & roaming access is vital.

What strong authentication should include:

To manage authentication securely and effectively, businesses need comprehensive capabilities, including the following:

Support for diverse assurance levels.

Organisations need to adapt controls to varying use cases and requirements. For consumers & partners, convenient authentication methods may be preferred. Higher assurance methods may be required in high risk, high value scenarios, such as banking applications.

Privileged account security.

Dedicated solutions for managing privileged accounts and sensitive information. Ensuring the strongest level of security for those users within the organisation who have the highest level of data access and editing powers.

Unified visibility.

Unified audit trails enable administrators to see who is accessing what and when across on-premises, cloud, and virtual resources. These capabilities are vital in supporting auditability and regulatory compliance, while fostering improved administrative efficiency.

Cloud enablement.

Companies are increasingly reliant on cloud-based applications, platforms, and infrastructures. This is precipitating a growing demand to implement strong controls for users and administrators attempting to access these critical resources.

Mobile enablement.

Mobile endpoints are ubiquitous, in corporate settings, e-banking, e-retail & many other areas which share personal data.
It is critical that organisations establish authentication that safeguards access, without adversely affecting the phone or tablet users’ experience.

Bytes work in partnership with the largest global technologies in the authentication, access and identity management, cloud and mobile security and privileged account security arenas.

Our technology partners include:

To speak to a Bytes Security specialist about GDPR Compliance and Access and Identity Controls
call the Bytes Security Partnerships team on 0845 075 0560 or email

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