How the New EU Privacy Regulations Affect Your Local IT Department

How the New EU Privacy Regulations Affect Your Local IT Department

May of 2018 - are you ready? 

That’s when the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in the EU. Haven’t heard of it? In short, it’s a new information security law that affects anyone providing goods or services to individuals in the EU, or anyone who collects and analyzes data tied to EU residents. Despite its European focus, this legislation applies to all companies around the globe that might interact with EU citizens. 

If your company does any of the following, you’re subject to GDPR regulations: 

  • Collects information on European customers  
  • Sells products or services to European customers 
  • Holds corporate data in EU member nations 
  • Has employees or offices in EU member nations 

If you’ve been dragging your feet on the move to the Cloud, the push for GDPR compliance is a great reason to start! Microsoft provides numerous toolsets that are GDPR compliant out of the box, and analysis tools to help ensure that you’ve configured your Microsoft Cloud services in a way that conforms to the new regulations. 

You can read more about specific Microsoft offerings here


Microsoft GDPR Compliance



We think the most important toolsets that Microsoft offers for GDPR (and other regulatory compliance) are these: 

  • Azure AD - Ensure only authorized users are accessing corporate data 
  • Azure Information Protection - Protect and classify data no matter where it’s stored 
  • Data Encryption - Be it Azure Storage or BitLocker and System Center Configuration Manager, ensure your data is protected on corporate machines 
  • Log Analytics - Monitor servers and workstations and repair gaps in audit policies 
  • Intune - Conditionally allow or deny access to machines and configure machines no matter if they are corporate owned or BYOD 
  • Advanced Threat Analytics - Pinpoint breaches and remediate issues faster, keeping your data safe 
  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) - Identify sensitive data held in Microsoft Office 365 and take actions to protect it 
  • Windows 10 and Server 2016 - The latest and greatest Microsoft operating systems have more security features than ever. Use them to keep your employees and data safe. 

Not sure how the GDPR may affect you or your business? Not using Azure? Not a problem! It’s never too late to review what you’re doing today and learn how Microsoft tools can help you whether your business is on-premise or in the cloud. Reach out to Prosum so we can help! We’d love to review the tools your team is using and help your company get ahead of these next-generation data security requirements. 


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