Before you can enjoy all these benefits (and more), you need to first overcome the challenge of migration.
Cloud migration + GDPR compliance = not as simple as you’d think
Data is most at risk when it’s being moved. When it’s at rest in your organisation, you can apply permissions and access rights to it, lock down your systems and wrap everything in perimeter security. But the second you take it out of that highly secure and controlled environment, you’re vulnerable – and the attackers are waiting to pounce.
So once you’ve revealed this information, the logical next step is to start taking action on what you’ve found. In practice, this involves copying, moving and deleting data at scale. Now, you have greater visibility over where your data resides, can optimise your storage requirements and place your sensitive data in specific, highly secure locations.
An Exonar customer was decommissioning its legacy file share and email system to migrate to the cloud. The customer knew that there would be certain types of information, for example sensitive personally identifiable information (PII), stored in its unstructured data which was almost impossible to locate manually across the whole estate. However, it would need to be appropriately secured or managed before it was moved to the cloud.
The problem was that this PII wasn’t clearly marked or stored separately from the data that was fit to be moved wholesale to the cloud.The customer asked us to help them find specific information across multiple storage repositories. Using Exonar Core, we crawled and indexed their data at scale. With Exonar Reveal, we created bespoke search queries to run across all their data sources. The PII in the customer’s unstructured data, that had previously ‘gone dark’ in shared documents, spreadsheets, emails and personal drives, was revealed. The client could then contact the data owners and give them precise details of where this data was, and the required remediation actions, or determine the destination for the data after the migration.
With the peace of mind that its sensitive data was now secure, the Exonar client could finally embark on a cloud migration that enabled its digital transformation.
Three ways to avoid high-profile GDPR fines
Achieving continuous compliance is a constant mission and not something that can be ticked off, marked complete and put to bed. As such, we’ve created a guide to help, which focuses on ‘Three ways to avoid high profile GDPR fines’ and ensure your ongoing compliance with ease.