How to use cloud technology to solve compliance challenges

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As an enterprise, it’s difficult to achieve data compliance, especially when organisations are spreading data across the public and private cloud, as well as keeping it on-premises.

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect in May 2018, the bar for organisations to achieve compliancy is rising, and businesses must get on board. This means that:

  •  - Businesses must implement security policies themselves.
  •  - Security risks must be verified and well mitigated, and operational procedures to shut them down will need to be evidenced.
  •  - Sensitive data and software must be securely removed prior to disposal or reuse.

But, thanks to cloud technology, these compliance challenges can be easily met, helping your business achieve compliance with time to spare.

Protecting your online data

Data protection is one of the biggest compliance challenges businesses face in the cloud. This year alone, we have witnessed the WannaCry, NotPetya and Locky ransomware attacks, which have breached the data compliancy in many businesses, including the NHS.

Cloud technology like Microsoft Azure is developed with data protection in mind, ensuring all businesses achieve and remain compliant. The Azure Security Centre is just one tool that’s in-line with new GDPR standards and that offers a fully compliant, unified security management platform that not only protects data against breaches, but acts to proactively shut down threats before they can cause damage.

Because of this protection, more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 firms depend on the Microsoft cloud and the Azure platform.

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Taking control of your online data

Controlling data in the cloud is a big compliance issue. Naturally, the size of the challenge will vary depending on whether you opt for a public, private or hybrid cloud solution, but tools like Office 365 can help your business remain in control of the data you’re collecting and using every day.

In fact, the Office 365 Security and Compliance Centre is specifically designed to manage compliance across a host of cloud technologies including Office 365, Sharepoint online and Exchange online. With this tool, you can:

  •  - Manage archive mailboxes
  •  - Generate eDiscovery cases
  •  - Conduct auditing reports
  •  - Retain and delete polices in Exchange and SharePoint Online.

Become compliant with an IT partner

Compliance is difficult to maintain when you’re operating in the cloud. And because of GDPR, it’s only going to become harder. Even with cloud technology in place, you still need to invest time and resources into ensuring your business keeps compliant, and not a lot of businesses can do this.

With the right IT partner, you can quickly overcome compliance challenges and deploy solutions like Azure and Office 365 to quickly bring your company in line with new regulations.

Doherty is a Microsoft Gold Partner with three Gold competencies and two certified GDPR practitioners. We’re on-hand to proactively help your company audit its data and become GDPR compliant.

We offer remote support and on-site visits to determine how compliant your data is, and we hold a variety of events across London to help educate you on getting and staying compliant in the cloud. To find out more, visit our website.

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TOPICS: Compliance, GDPR

Written By: Doherty

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