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In the digital era, data fuels our lives. Yet every byte tells a human story - your customer’s hopes, dreams and trust placed in your hands. At Zendata, we believe safeguarding data means preserving those stories. We champion data protection not as a function but a universal right.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) went into effect in May of 2018. Yet, 79% of organizations still fail to meet the GDPR’s requirements. In the EU, that adds up to some 23 million businesses. Companies in other parts of the world are subject to these data and privacy requirements, too, if they do any business with EU residents. Navigating the evolving regulatory landscape is complex. You want to run your business, not decipher legal jargon. But when you consider that last year alone, over $1.8 billion in GDPR fines were levied more than the previous three years combined, and up to 79% of companies still fail GDPR compliance, it’s important to understand how you can protect yourself against fines. Another important point is that consumers are increasingly aware of how their data is being used, meaning that proper GDPR compliance builds trust with your website visitors. We're here to guide you through the maze of compliance, not with technicalities, but a vision for a future where trust and connectivity thrive.

The best way to prepare for compliance audits from regulators is to run your own compliance audits to ensure you meet the letter of the law proactively. We know complying with the rules isn't thrilling. But think of it as an insurance policy. A little time and effort up front gives you the license to keep innovating, without worrying about stumbling into compliance quicksand.

Compliance audits are also important to mitigate risk. By identifying areas of non-compliance, you can address potential problems for remediation before they lead to trouble. Audits may also be required as part of contractual obligations with customers, preparing for acquisition or public investments, or responding to a data breach.

Compliance Audits for Tech Stacks

Once you decide to move forward with a compliance audit, you’ll want to work with a trusted organization that treats the process like a comprehensive medical screening. At Zendata, we dig into the nitty gritty of your entire tech stack to paint a complete picture of your compliance health across your entire digital landscape.

ZenData’s compliance audits include the following reports:

Data Mapping

You must have a comprehensive understanding of what data you collect, where it is stored, and how it flows through your systems and third-party services. Documenting this via data maps, inventories, and dataflow diagrams is crucial to this understanding.

Data Minimization and Deletion

Regulations often require limitations on data collection and retention. Compliance audits will review your practices to ensure you only gather and keep data for defined purposes and have processes to delete data no longer needed.

Encryption

Proper data encryption at rest and in transit is a key factor in safeguarding data. Compliance audits will examine encryption methods and keys, making sure they are up to date and have policies covering use.

Access Controls

Another area of exploration for compliance audits is documenting how you grant and manage access to sensitive data and systems. This includes permissions, password policies, multi-factor authentication, and monitoring for anomalies, etc.

Vendor Management

Vendor management is crucial. More than 60% of all data breaches occur through third-party vendors. Compliance reviews need to examine vendor security to ensure proper safeguards are in place to protect you from unauthorized access through third-party relationships.

Incident Response

Unfortunately, for most companies, it is not a matter of if you will face a cyberattack, but when it will happen. Compliance audits may also examine your incident response plans to detect, contain, and remediate breaches. This includes notification requirements for customers and governmental agencies to comply with relevant breach disclosure laws.

Documentation

Compliance also requires certain documentation to be in place, such as privacy policies and other consumer notifications. Even if you have the right security measures in place, you still have to make certain information available to users. A compliance audit can uncover whether you have the right documentation available, whether it conforms to regulatory requirements, and whether your policies are reflected in your tech stack.

Zendata Security and Compliance Audits

Keeping up with the ever-changing digital rulebook is a relentless challenge. One day you think you've got it handled, and the next some new regulation drops. That’s why a tech-savvy digital data partnership is crucial for protecting your business now and into the future. Zendata is here to help businesses like yours stay on the right side of the digital law, no matter what new regulations come around.

Our tailored tech stack compliance audits shine a light on vulnerabilities so you can take action. You'll get a detailed blueprint with step-by-step recommendations to lock down compliance. And we go beyond just an assessment. Zendata provides ongoing monitoring and real-time alerts to evolving risks. Consider us your digital watchdog, sniffing out potential issues before they become headaches.

Whether you're an e-commerce disruptor, a cutting-edge health startup, or an innovative fintech, we speak your language. Let our platform and our team of consultants do the heavy lifting so you can focus on growth.

Get your free complimentary assessment today. In just three easy steps, Zendata will provide you with a comprehensive report of your tech stack’s compliance and security.

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Facing a Compliance Audit on Your Tech Stack? Start Here

November 30, 2023

In the digital era, data fuels our lives. Yet every byte tells a human story - your customer’s hopes, dreams and trust placed in your hands. At Zendata, we believe safeguarding data means preserving those stories. We champion data protection not as a function but a universal right.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) went into effect in May of 2018. Yet, 79% of organizations still fail to meet the GDPR’s requirements. In the EU, that adds up to some 23 million businesses. Companies in other parts of the world are subject to these data and privacy requirements, too, if they do any business with EU residents. Navigating the evolving regulatory landscape is complex. You want to run your business, not decipher legal jargon. But when you consider that last year alone, over $1.8 billion in GDPR fines were levied more than the previous three years combined, and up to 79% of companies still fail GDPR compliance, it’s important to understand how you can protect yourself against fines. Another important point is that consumers are increasingly aware of how their data is being used, meaning that proper GDPR compliance builds trust with your website visitors. We're here to guide you through the maze of compliance, not with technicalities, but a vision for a future where trust and connectivity thrive.

The best way to prepare for compliance audits from regulators is to run your own compliance audits to ensure you meet the letter of the law proactively. We know complying with the rules isn't thrilling. But think of it as an insurance policy. A little time and effort up front gives you the license to keep innovating, without worrying about stumbling into compliance quicksand.

Compliance audits are also important to mitigate risk. By identifying areas of non-compliance, you can address potential problems for remediation before they lead to trouble. Audits may also be required as part of contractual obligations with customers, preparing for acquisition or public investments, or responding to a data breach.

Compliance Audits for Tech Stacks

Once you decide to move forward with a compliance audit, you’ll want to work with a trusted organization that treats the process like a comprehensive medical screening. At Zendata, we dig into the nitty gritty of your entire tech stack to paint a complete picture of your compliance health across your entire digital landscape.

ZenData’s compliance audits include the following reports:

Data Mapping

You must have a comprehensive understanding of what data you collect, where it is stored, and how it flows through your systems and third-party services. Documenting this via data maps, inventories, and dataflow diagrams is crucial to this understanding.

Data Minimization and Deletion

Regulations often require limitations on data collection and retention. Compliance audits will review your practices to ensure you only gather and keep data for defined purposes and have processes to delete data no longer needed.

Encryption

Proper data encryption at rest and in transit is a key factor in safeguarding data. Compliance audits will examine encryption methods and keys, making sure they are up to date and have policies covering use.

Access Controls

Another area of exploration for compliance audits is documenting how you grant and manage access to sensitive data and systems. This includes permissions, password policies, multi-factor authentication, and monitoring for anomalies, etc.

Vendor Management

Vendor management is crucial. More than 60% of all data breaches occur through third-party vendors. Compliance reviews need to examine vendor security to ensure proper safeguards are in place to protect you from unauthorized access through third-party relationships.

Incident Response

Unfortunately, for most companies, it is not a matter of if you will face a cyberattack, but when it will happen. Compliance audits may also examine your incident response plans to detect, contain, and remediate breaches. This includes notification requirements for customers and governmental agencies to comply with relevant breach disclosure laws.

Documentation

Compliance also requires certain documentation to be in place, such as privacy policies and other consumer notifications. Even if you have the right security measures in place, you still have to make certain information available to users. A compliance audit can uncover whether you have the right documentation available, whether it conforms to regulatory requirements, and whether your policies are reflected in your tech stack.

Zendata Security and Compliance Audits

Keeping up with the ever-changing digital rulebook is a relentless challenge. One day you think you've got it handled, and the next some new regulation drops. That’s why a tech-savvy digital data partnership is crucial for protecting your business now and into the future. Zendata is here to help businesses like yours stay on the right side of the digital law, no matter what new regulations come around.

Our tailored tech stack compliance audits shine a light on vulnerabilities so you can take action. You'll get a detailed blueprint with step-by-step recommendations to lock down compliance. And we go beyond just an assessment. Zendata provides ongoing monitoring and real-time alerts to evolving risks. Consider us your digital watchdog, sniffing out potential issues before they become headaches.

Whether you're an e-commerce disruptor, a cutting-edge health startup, or an innovative fintech, we speak your language. Let our platform and our team of consultants do the heavy lifting so you can focus on growth.

Get your free complimentary assessment today. In just three easy steps, Zendata will provide you with a comprehensive report of your tech stack’s compliance and security.