General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

EU Regulation: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Upgrade Your Security for GDPR Compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on 25 May 2018, and drives comprehensive adoption of upgraded data security practices, policies and technology for most worldwide companies. It broadly defines personal data as any information that can be directly or indirectly attributed to an individual, including such seemingly benign data as IP address, and then mandates compliance from any organization that collects it from an EU citizen. That’s nearly every company that transacts business within the EU!

The Regulation directs companies to add new consent procedures, notification processes, reporting and communication mechanisms, as well as upgrade network security to the latest technology that provides “situational awareness of risks” and “enables preventative, corrective and mitigating action” in near real time. WatchGuard is ready to help you to prepare for GDPR compliance and implement the network security solutions that address the new requirements for strongest security with our Total Security Suite.

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UTM Security with Total Security Suite

Uniquely architected to be the industry’s smartest, fastest and most effective network security products, WatchGuard’s Total Security solutions deliver enterprise-grade security and threat visibility tools suitable for supporting your GDPR compliance initiative, regardless of budget, size, or complexity. Learn more >

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Threat Detection and Response Security Service

Threat Detection and Response is available with WatchGuard’s Total Security Suite, and provides “situational awareness” with our distinctive ThreatSync feature. ThreatSync correlates security information from network and endpoint devices to make you aware of escalating security incidents in an easy-to-decipher dashboard. Furthermore, you can create policies to remediate “high-scoring” incidents automatically, and since TDR is a cloud-based service, you can choose to have your data stored in the EU to comply with the data transfer article in the Regulation. Learn more >

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Network Visibility with User Anonymization

WatchGuard Dimension™ is a cloud-ready network security visibility solution that comes standard with WatchGuard's flagship firewall platform. It provides the big data visibility and reporting tools that uniquely identify and distill key network security threats, issues and trends, accelerating the ability to set meaningful security policies across the network. What’s more, Dimension includes a powerful User Anonymization feature that uses pseudonymization technology to replace all personally identifiable information (PII) with hashed placeholder text in Dimension’s reports, dashboards, and summary pages.

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Encryption & VPN

Keeping personal data encrypted in storage and during transit is a key strategy for success as it significantly reduces the notification requirements after a data breach. WatchGuard’s Firebox UTM solutions feature drag-and-drop VPN creation between branch offices and HQ. In addition to fast and easy set-up, our VPNs are built to last, and known for their stability – which is critically important when your business relies on consistent data availability. Learn more >

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Data Loss Prevention

GDPR is all about data protection, and our Data Loss Prevention service helps to prevent accidental data breaches by detecting and blocking files with personal information from leaving the network. It looks for private information such as national security numbers, bank account details, and patient records, based on the rules that you enable.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

While not specifically required by GDPR, MFA is a key technology to reduce potential losses where systems with personal data are accessed using single-factor credentials. Our AuthPoint service provides strong multi-factor authentication (MFA) on an easy-to-manage Cloud platform with a friendly mobile app - bringing effective security together with low total cost of ownership. Learn more >

Quick Facts

Any organization that uses personal data from an EU citizen must comply – regardless of worldwide location.

Businesses and organizations that do not comply with the GDPR can be assessed a fine up to €20 million or 4% worldwide revenue.

GDPR mandates that personal data is not transported outside of the EU except with prior approval.

Requires data breach notifications within 72 hours, unless lost data was encrypted.

“Any person who has suffered damage as a result of an unlawful processing operation or of an action incompatible with the Regulation shall have the right to receive compensation from the controller or the processor for the damage suffered.”

General Data Protection Regulation

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