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Significance of SIEM in GDPR Compliance
With general data protection regulation (GDPR) being mandated by the European Union, the organizations have more control over their personal data. However, the legislation also compels companies to employ enhanced security and privacy controls while storing or processing personal data. Unfortunately, there are not many tools available in the market that can help organizations fully comply with GDPR. Nevertheless, there are some tools that help companies stay in compliance with GDPR.
Security information and event management (SIEM) is one such tool that plays a significant role in GDPR compliance. In the past few years, SIEM adoption has increased considerably. Regulatory standards such as HIPAA and PCI DSS demands sophisticated management and threat monitoring. Therefore, SIEM has been the ultimate choice for information security professionals.
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In addition, SIEM aligns well with the requirements laid down by GDPR. SIEM is the centralized point for all the activities related to data collection and analysis, and gives an intelligent overview into the system network information. Once the SIEM is configured accurately, it can look for malicious activities, alerting the security team before it turns into a harmful data breach.
Employing a SIEM into operation and configuring it to recognize security incidents in a network helps an organization understand whether it has the proper security in place to manage European subject data. Besides, the SIEM solution can be mapped directly to the GDPR requirements. And, it can let the analysts identify, prevent, and scrutinize a prospective data breach instantly. While reporting a data breach to the European authorities, a SIEM solution can help in providing detailed information related to the breach.
Case in point, when an organization deletes any data, it needs to validate the reason if enquired by the European authorities. A SIEM solution allows the professionals to extract the log data from batch deletion in order to validate that it was deleted.
Overall, SIEM solutions prove to be valuable tools when data within an organization needs to be protected. However, a SIEM is not the only tool for GDPR compliance but can unquestionably address some of the discrete requirements for security controls under the GDPR.
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