For Startups, GDPR Rears Its Ugly Head Again

By Grit Daily Staff Grit Daily Staff has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on August 26, 2021

The internet and modern technology brought internet-connected smart devices to every home. Thus, we can see modern technology at every corner and in every aspect of daily life. Since the number of internet users increases with each passing day, new privacy regulations have never been more urgent. 

One of such regulations is GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation. With more and more businesses migrating to the online business landscape, internet users have increasingly become interested in various ways they can rely on to protect their privacy online. 

On the other hand, e-commerce businesses have also become aware of the increasing need to safeguard the privacy of their consumers’ private information to achieve the necessary GDPR compliance. After all, the consequences of violating such rules can be rather severe. For instance, Amazon has already learned the price of breaking GDPR

Data loss prevention tools

Data loss prevention (DLP) tools are designed to help businesses identify and mitigate any data vulnerabilities. They analyze your entire network traffic and identify sensitive data that needs protection. More importantly, one of the most important features of DLP tools is controlling data flow between devices and users and detecting any existing unauthorized data. 

Businesses use these tools to monitor their archived data and the information currently in use by their consumers. In case of any suspected data breaches, DLP tools help companies mitigate problems in real-time, scan SSL/TLS encrypted traffic, etc.

Endpoint protection

Endpoint protection refers to security software designed to monitor and protect a TCP/IP network by scanning and securing every gateway access request made by POS terminals, printers, phones, computers, smartphones, etc. 

This type of data privacy tool provides security features such as:

  • Malware threat detection and protection
  • Data encryption
  • Activity monitoring
  • Data breach alerts

Endpoint protection tools will assess your entire data pipeline to identify vulnerabilities and eliminate potential security threats. If you need a tool that will provide you with an additional layer of protection while keeping your entire data network secure, endpoint protection tools should be your number one option.

Mobile device management

With more and more internet users going mobile, modern businesses face many security issues that come with the increased use of mobile devices in the online business environment. Fortunately, enterprise mobility management software is the answer to solving this problem. 

Aside from being easily integrable with other device-specific management solutions, MDM tools are an excellent solution for encrypting your sensitive data. It enforces passwords and company policies, blocks suspicious behavior and user devices, installs anti-malware, and antivirus software onto existing systems, manages devices remotely, and so much more. 

MDM tools are also increasingly compatible with other data encryption software, such as VPN configurations. More importantly, MDM tools are an excellent solution for configuring applications, securing browsers, and managing remote communication and messaging safely and securely.

Encryption software

There are many cybersecurity applications that you need to consider. Encryption software is one of them. These tools are designed to prevent unauthorized system access to your sensitive user and business data by automatically rendering all information unreadable in the event of a data breach, device theft, or loss. 

These tools give you full control over who can access your data and fully encrypt every piece of information that goes through your data pipeline. The main goal of encryption tools is to protect your incoming and outgoing data and automatically encrypt all data before they pass through your data pipeline. 

They also encrypt data to cloud storage services such as Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Aside from all the mentioned functionalities, data encryption tools also ensure your organization complies with regulatory and internal privacy requirements and are easily integrable with other security tools. 

When you combine this type of software with security solutions, you can create a centralized data management portal to reduce the chance of any data loss or breach significantly.

For the communication between employees, you should also ensure that they use programs that protect their conversations. Additionally, a Virtual Private Network is also one of the necessities that startups need to consider. While it might seem like overkill, especially in the beginning, you cannot put a price on your confidential data. If it leaks, there might be many issues and repercussions, like losing the trust of your current clients. 

And you want to make a splendid impression on your clients. Thus, a VPN that encrypts entire internet traffic is a solution to consider. If you allow employees to use their own devices at work, make security guidelines that they should follow. The use of a VPN and an anti-virus tool should be one of the recommendations or rules. 

Data recovery and backup tools

If you still suffer a data breach or loss, there’s no need to panic as your sensitive and important information can be recovered. Data loss can be caused by many causes, ranging from malware infection and user error to a sudden hardware failure. 

To make sure you don’t end up losing all your sensitive business data, you should look for backup and recovery tools with the following features:

  • Reliability
  • Configurability
  • Efficiency

Suppose you’re running a business online today. In that case, you need to protect your critical information like private, financial, and business documents at all times and at every stage of your business operations. 

Aside from this, you also need to securely use and store consumer data and uphold their privacy rights. Data privacy software tools allow you to do all this and more while ensuring GDPR compliance in the process.

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