It is evident that maintaining a constant level of privacy will become the new standard, just like with security. Efficient data privacy and cybersecurity have become fundamental to the success of any business. Privacy laws and regulations clearly state that organizations must demonstrate best practices in information and data privacy, implementing them effectively across all aspects of their operations. By embracing privacy predictions, organizations can improve overall compliance, enhance data protection, mitigate reputation risks, minimize financial losses from fines and penalties, gain customer loyalty and trust, and gain a competitive edge over others.
Challenges & Opportunities
- Data Localization: Need for a new approach to cloud design and acquisition, as security and risk management leaders face varying regulatory landscapes.
- Remote Becomes “Hybrid Everything”: Need for increased tracking and personal data processing raise privacy risks.
- Privacy-First Approach: Recognizing privacy as more than a regulatory obligation to prioritize customer trust.
- Compliance Complexity: Emerging privacy laws globally impact companies in regulated sectors and multiple markets.
- Expertise and Manpower: Need for dedicated resources and expertise within the CISO’s office.
Best Practices & Key takeaways
- Implement Privacy by Design: Embed privacy considerations into product, service, and process design to make privacy a core principle from the start.
- Maintain Data Minimization: Collect and retain only necessary personal data and regularly review and securely dispose of unnecessary data.
- Back to Basics: Continue practicing access control, data discovery, least privilege, data encryption, regular audits, patching, and other fundamental security measures.
- Continuous Education for Employees and Customers: Provide awareness training to employees and educate customers about their privacy rights and data usage.