GDPR: Where do you start?

You’ve likely heard the market buzz around the landmark European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). That’s because GDPR raises the bar for data privacy protection. Many commercial customers are daunted by their compliance journey ahead. As the May 25, 2018 deadline for GDPR compliance approaches, many customers are unsure where to begin. They are looking for the technology, people, and processes that will help them comply in a sustainable manner.

That’s where we come in.

Our role in GDPR

As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Cloud, we can play a critical role in helping commercial customers adapt to the new regulation. Companies are looking for help from partners to assess their GDPR readiness. That includes evaluating existing technology environments.

Microsoft’s Role in GDPR

Microsoft is committed to helping its customers achieve GDPR compliance. To LAN2LAN and Microsoft, this is not a new thing. Microsoft’s industry leadership in data privacy protection has been recognised for over a decade, beginning with the establishment of their Trustworthy Computing principles. Microsoft’s cloud solutions have earned more third-party attestations than any other cloud vendor. For GDPR specifically, Microsoft have committed that their technology will be GDPR compliant by May 2018. They were also the first major cloud provider to offer the contractual commitments required by the GDPR to give customers the assurances they need from their data processor.

Announcing Microsoft 365

In addition to Microsoft’s established track record, they have announced a new comprehensive offering to simplify our customers’ GDPR compliance efforts. At Microsoft Inspire, they announced Microsoft 365, a set of commercial offerings drawing from Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS).

LAN2LAN is building on this platform to provide a set of security and productivity solutions to simplify the task of identifying, classifying, and governing personal data. Microsoft 365 also helps customers protect personal data from loss or unauthorised access or disclosure. Along with other strategic technology partners, LAN2LAN uses Microsoft 365 to aid customers in complying with the new standards for transparency, accountability, and record keeping.

It was recently announced that Ernst and Young is collaborating with Microsoft and has taken the approach of encouraging their customers to see GDPR as more than a compliance requirement or an enterprise risk to mitigate. They encourage their customers to go beyond compliance and seek data privacy as a strategic edge for their organisations. This is what Ernst and Young calls information superiority and requires having the right data, at the right time for the right purpose.

“All of this is possible only when customers have trust in the security of their data and when the technical solutions are as comprehensive as Microsoft’s. This is why we elected to build a differentiated offering with Microsoft.”

– Angela Saverice-Rohan, Americas’ Leader for Data Privacy, Ernst and Young

Supporting Our Customers

Microsoft 365 is one of LAN2LAN’s offerings to help support our customers in their GDPR journey. Along with other key technology partners, we are able to not only help our customers understand the GDPR framework through consultation, but implement strong data protection principles and technology to help ensure your organisation is prepared, protected, compliant, and secure.

For a free Cyber Threat Assessment and to discuss how Microsoft and LAN2LAN can help prepare your business for GDPR, please contact us today or visit our GDPR page:

0870 787 4001


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