Understanding What the Consultancy Firms and Their Clients Have To Do

We all know how important it is for every organization global market to have a stable crisis management plan. The important aspects like crisis communication plan have already been discussed in detail in our blog, “Importance of a communication plan during the time of crisis”, but when it comes to the consultancy organizations in this particular field, we see that every other company who has a claim to provide the best services to their customers is facing difficulty in understanding the important aspects of a strong and reliable communication plan. When it comes to cyber-security and other trending topics like these, all the companies it small or medium-scale, focused on hiring the best professional out there because hiring the professional is the most obvious thing which has a logical upside. What they seem to overlook, is the fact that working alongside the professionals that you have hired is the most important step as an organization that you can take in order to protect your company’s future in the ever-changing environment of the global market. On this note, we start this analogy with an intention to help both the service provider and the client about their respective roles and make them realize that all of this starting from assessing the risks still devising a new plan is entirely based on the cooperative relationship they maintain with each other. HOW IS THIS A MUTUAL PROCESS? Talking about this aspect is obviously a repetitive attempt to make all the players realize that all of them have their individual roles towards achieving a particular goal. But, merely preaching about this fact won’t help because even if it was about the influential cyber-security companies in the UK, we know that in each market, there are some players who are still clueless about what exactly they have to offer in order to make themselves beneficial for their clients. This is why; we have to put it out in a detailed form with adequate pointers in order to make it clear about the confusion among all of this. With that being said, let’s take a look at some points that discuss the same. INTEGRAL PARTS OF AN IDEAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN • Aligning the communication plan with the operational plan: it is one of the first steps we ask to take any organization that is planning to get counselling on its existing crisis communication plan to review all the current policies of operations and emergency plans so that the organization has all these plans and policies working together. This helps in maintaining the streamlined motion of the crisis communication plan and helps the crisis management consultancy services like us to analyze all the vulnerable points. • Communicating effectively with the crisis management, and communications team: let’s consider that you have streamlined the entire communications plan with the operational plan, and you now have a particular notification process in both of them. Now it’s time to come up with necessary measures and garner contact information about each and every member of the crisis communication and management plan so that, notifying and conveying them about an existing, or a new crisis, would become easier and efficient. • Assessing the risks that your organization is exposed to: As we discussed in the blog, “Importance of knowing the intention behind a cyber attack”, that Google has been fined a whopping sum of 5 billion dollars because the company violated the GDPR guidelines, we know that all the small and medium scale organizations are already exposed to a greater risk of omitting minute details in guidelines like these. This can happen because of the negligence that they have committed. It is the same with the crisis management plan because ultimately it is about putting your organization into a particular problem. Be it an enormous crisis, or a dangerous threat, if an organization is unable to identify the risk it is exposed to, no amount of professional help from any crisis management company would be helpful to them. Therefore, keeping a check on the risks is equally important as focusing on the GDPR consultant you have just hired. On a concluding note, all of these points have shown that the consultancy firm that has been hired to offer the particular services should always focus on building its clients organisation in such a way that they can rely on the new structure and the new plan. Of course, some of the companies out there can perform these activities on their own but having expert supervision like the one we offer at Assured GRC, is equally beneficial because then you have an ample amount of time to focus on other important aspects required to keep your company up and running in the global market. Call us today at +44 20 3475 9932, and experience the consultation services that make us the best in our niche.

7 New Things to Remember About General Data Protection Regulations For Businesses

Since the digitised age has begun, we’re constantly being reminded that there’s vulnerability when we share data and expose it to third parties. GDPR or General Data Protection Regulations – related to the EU laws – have worked like a magical shield to unify all of Europe against digital exploitation and yet fulfil all functionalities.

Does UK still have to comply after the Brexit?

Sure Britain has moved gears to secure their exit from the European referendum but that doesn’t specifically categorize the companies under the EU or those with customers outside Great Britain. This particularly means that most companies under the EU umbrella are still under the new range of GDPR regulations and that it does matter for a Brit to secure services keeping in mind those regulations. End of the statement – the UK will need to comply with the GDPR and thus the role of a GDPR consultant becomes necessary for year-to-year functioning to avoid further infringements and unnecessary violations.

New GDPR regulations have great insights for the marketer –

The marketer, especially in the UK or around, is concerned about the health of his company and customers alike. For the process to be in sync and without any cryptic error spoiling the whole system, the need to be in touch with a GDPR consultant is both imminent and uplifting. As the gatekeepers to the majority of customer data, the marketer’s role in exercising the GDPR regulations, in the most feasible manner, is important to attain 100% compliance. The figure can be on the optimistic side but that’s what you need before you sit down and analyse the new set of EU laws. According to a research – conducted in early May, 2018 – 72% marketers were not in a position to make their websites compliant when the new regulations were announced. It was further evidenced that most of these firms, despite knowing the consequences and the implications, did not understand the nuances of GDPR and that itself caused the initial setbacks. For those who are aware, they must swing into action to be in compliance with the regulations but if you, just like the marketers, have no idea – we’re here to enlighten you on the same. When hiring or looking for a GDPR consultant in London or anywhere else in the UK, remember these changes before making a firm decision – 1. The new UK-GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and Amended Data Protection Act 2018 took effect on January 31, 2020 and since then it has been a totally different story here in the UK. As a GDPR consultant or someone running a website, the new regulations have changed the way one obtains and stores cookie consents from visitors to begin with. As we proceed, we highlight the changes and the technicalities after the regulations were crafted for a more secure business environment. 2. The new UK-GDPR, despite Britain’s exit on Exit Day (January 31, 2020), will have a free flow of data with the EU. This makes the might of the UK companies stand tall just like before. But this also means that there will be two different, and distinct, GDPRs for the UK. One will be for domestic trade affairs and the other that’s dealing with people or firms outside the UK. A little confusing but that’s the nature of data security and it keeps changing from region to region. A viable GDPR consultant in London would know the difference and can sort it out for you. 3. Earlier known as the all-European or European GDPR, terms like personal data, right of data subjects, controller and processor and their legal bases for processing can now be found in the UK-GDPR. Acquiring an able GDPR consultancy, with prior experience, can help you sort out this before indulging in a particular project. 4. Further reading the Keeling Schedule can help you understand the change in legislation in the UK. As an informal document about all the changes, it helps you understand the amendment of the EU GDPR to the UK GDPR. You can help yourself by acquiring a Keeling schedule from your GDPR consultant or consultancy. 5. There’s an expansion in the following under the UK-GDPR – a) National Security, b) Intelligence Services and c) Immigration. Transactions and deals under the following subjects should be read in detail to avoid severe consequences or penalties. 6. The information commissioner, in the United Kingdom, will be the highest authority for data protection after the changed laws. He or she shall be the leading supervisor, enforcer and regulator of the UK-GDPR. 7. Lastly, any website or company in the world that collects or processes the personal data of individuals inside the UK, are bound to comply with the UK-GDPR. This is non-negotiable. When you’ve understood the complex and ever-changing scenario in UK-GDPR, it is advisable to acquire the services of the best in business in the UK – Assured GRC – the one-stop shop for everything governance, risk and compliance. Make your organisation grow against all odds without having to suffer from unknown implications – with the best GDPR consultancy in London.

Importance of GDPR in Today’s Scenario

When we talk about GDPR compliance in all the organizations around the world, we tend to find that all the facts indicate its close relationship with EU. EU or the European Union surely acts as the place of GDPR’s inception but when we further research about this regulation we can find other facts that might connect the importance of a GDPR consultant in making an organization compliant to this regulation. It is a fact that GDPR was introduced to safeguard the data protection and provide methods to enhance the data privacy for all the members of EU. But in today’s time, after its enforcement as a law GDPR has turned into more of a necessity than an option. As we all know, GDPR is not only limited to the EU member states, this factor can stand as a proof because, as soon as it was established as a law, it became mandatory even for those businesses which don’t natively belong in EU. Considering the global market, data privacy has been the topmost issue and building a secure cyber-security network is becoming a dire need. We can blame it all on the rise of competition in the current scenario, or the digitization, or the technological advancements and feats, but the underlying fact would be the same. The fact that cyber-security is a need for all the big conglomerates and the small businesses in any and all of the scenarios helped GDPR build its relevance in the market and out outgrow further to become a regulation in law. Coming to big conglomerates, we know for a fact that in today’s market, especially after the boom in digitization; mostly all of them handle personal data of their users. If this very phenomenon is viewed under a different light to trace its connection with the ongoing competition between all the companies we can observe that the chances of getting a network breach become higher, because we know for a fact that ‘where there is information, there are hackers lurking around it’. Well, after it became mandatory for all the businesses who handle personal data of their customers, it wasn’t pretty late when GDPR became applicable to those who work as a third-party and process all the personal information on behalf of another one. But if we understand this regulation in today’s context and draw viable conclusion as per our observation, we can find that any resistance towards it is as unnecessary as it is to blame the market and not a particular company. The growth in the market of GDPR consultancy services and the firms who provide them was something that all the existing players foresaw as an intuition, after analyzing all the web development trends and their effect on global economy. Places like London and US that are host to famous companies in the world have actively taken part in the convention to make their businesses compliant to GDPR, and with building trade relation among the nations, the importance of this regulation has grown exponentially. So much so, that companies who provide GDPR services have increased in number. For the consultancy sector, GDPR was equally beneficial, as it comprised of such methods which contributed heavily towards the growing cyber-security needs among all the players in the market. And as the companies providing GDPR services grew in number, the other organizations were able to pick from the best. Although the regulation had its own set of methods to ensure data security, it wasn’t easy for any company to examine all the issues regarding its protection under this premise. So, it was devised that GDPR has to be studied thoroughly and only then can an organization understand its role. Speaking of methods in GDPR, Let’s take a quick look at them and understand which third-party company can provide the best service in this respect. • Review of GDPR readiness • Evaluate privacy impact • Reviewing the existing privacy architecture • Auditing personal data of the client (organization) • Contract and policy review • Awareness Briefing • Certified training Now, there are nations around the world who have such players who offer finest GDPR services but the main factor to differentiate the best from the not-so-best companies is how dedicatedly they provide these solutions considering their clients’ interests. When we talk about firms that offer GDPR services, London is one of the paces that have some of the best in the sector. A GDPR consultant in London and/or a firm is an individual that has seen the market dynamics first hand and has been trained for any challenge that might surface. We at Assured GRC understand the importance of GDPR compliance in our client’s organization and offer best solutions to prepare their teams and employees for any unforeseen network breach. Our company offers solutions that are genuinely directed towards customer satisfaction. The main factor while making a firm compliant to GDPR, is the transparency the client organization needs from the company they hired and so, we keep our clients in a constant loop while we work thorough their policies and guide their members to tackle important threats. This way we try to build a strong relationship that proves to be effective in the long run. And that’s what differentiates us from other firms in the market. One of the many reasons to trust our firm with GDPR consultancy services, is that we focus on all the solutions that an ideal GDPR consultancy firm should offer and perform them with all the professional delicacy you can expect, and as per the coaching services are concerned, we train them for the ever changing and ever growing competitive market and fill them up with tactics that they can apply to any particular issue. As we all know that every employee of an organization is supposed to take guidance for overcoming situations like this, we at Assured GRC for this sake, provide consultancy services to each of the employee regardless of the management. As far as GDPR compliance is concerned, providing consultancy to each of the employee can contribute to the overall betterment of the organization.