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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Read the Akamai white paper: "Evidence-based protection of web resources — a must under the GDPR. How the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ helps customers to mitigate risks”

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU regulation that replaces the existing Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, as well as many local laws implementing the Directive. The GDPR harmonizes data privacy laws across Europe to protect all EU citizens’ data privacy rights.

Under the new rules of the GDPR, the impact of non-compliance (e.g., failing to report a data breach that leaks personal and sensitive information) can have a material impact on the financial status of an organization, as well as severe consequences for its business leaders. Ultimately, the reputation of the organization is at stake.

The GDPR will be equally enforced by all European member states and will go into effect beginning 25 May, 2018. Among its many requirements, the GDPR requires that companies, in order to minimize risks to the rights and freedoms of individuals, implement “appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk.” These security measures must be in place before the May deadline. Given the significant volume of personal and sensitive data that is accessible via Internet-facing websites and web-facing applications, this is no small task.

Akamai’s Intelligent Platform™ can be leveraged to help meet these challenges and offers a strong security strategy based on the best security professionals in the market, flexible and high-quality processes, and recognized state-of-the-art technology.

In this white paper, we provide four recommendations for approaching the security requirements under the GDPR and describe how Akamai Security Solutions can help organizations address major data processing risks.