De-Risk Yourself with IBM Security Guardium Analyzer

Efficiently find regulated data, understand data and database exposures, and act to address issues and minimize risk.

In this internet age of new technologies; protection of sensitive data is an increasingly complex challenge. In recent months you will certainly have become aware of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new European regulation came into force on the 25th May 2018, and governs the processing and circulation of personal data relating to natural persons and legal entities: hence citizens, organizations and companies.

As outlined by the European Commission, the aim is to develop a data processing standard; shaping a legal framework to guide the data being transferred from inside Europe to the outside. Therefore, in this sense, it does not solely concern Europe, but all the global companies that need to process data that originates from Europe.

But GDPR is certainly not the only regulation to take into account when handling data, in a criss-cross of standards, such as PCI DSS, POPI, HIPAA and many other confidentiality requirements, among which it has become really difficult to extricate oneself, regardless of the country one is operating in, including Middle Eastern and Gulf states.

Hard times for companies

For all companies dealing with sensitive data, these changes mean the issue has become overly complicated. And having a thorough knowledge and appropriate tools to know how to protect this data has become critical.

The term "data" is a label for a whole host of information: names, surnames, dates of birth, as well as medical details, credit card numbers, geographical coordinates and much more. In short, a veritable universe of information in need of ever-increasing protection.

It should be noted that the data subjects - which include both end users and customers or employees - have the right to submit a compensation claim if their data is not adequately protected and compliant with the new regulations. For example, the GDPR sets expensive fines for infringements, which can reach up to 20 million Euros.

The IBM solution: Security Guardium Analyzer

Don't Panic; IBM has developed a very complete tool to simplify data management for companies and facilitate their compliance with the GDPR and current regulations.

This is the IBM Security Guardium Analyzer, available in Software as a Service (Saas) mode. Companies can use this service to instantly understand if and where the relevant data is, so to create a security risk assessment plan compliant with the new Regulation.

Security Guardium Analyzer is designed to support, in particular, figures such as compliance managers, IT managers, and DBAs. With the ultimate goal of saving time and ensure, at the same time, maximum precision.

More specifically, the solution developed by IBM allows:

  • Analyzing the risk to your data, automatically detecting and classifying sensitive data, highlighting usage patterns and assessing the risks of asset compliance;
  • Protect your critical data and minimize risk, thanks to extensive auditing, using encryption, masking, revision and creation of blocks and dynamic alerts;
  • Being prepared to adapt to changing data technologies, supporting traditional and new data technologies such as Hadoop, NoSQL and the cloud.

In short, a truly holistic approach to help your company prepare and meet all the requirements, from evaluation to compliance.

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