Bring your infrastructure into GDPR compliance and make sure it stays that way
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect May 2018, is a sweeping regulatory framework that provides safeguards for the data and privacy of European Union (EU) citizens. Compliance with the GDPR touches virtually every area of information technology systems management with dramatic implications for security, data integrity, data recovery, IT governance and audit.
Providing these assurances for today’s large, distributed systems raises the bar on our ability to understand the systems we manage. An effective approach to GDPR compliance demands a comprehensive and coherent view of systems that unifies all applications and databases across the entire infrastructure. This high bar is undoubtedly one of the reasons less than 10% of global organizations reported that they are fully compliant with the regulations according to the Cybersecurity Insiders’ 2018 GDPR Compliance Report.
Regardless of where you are on the road the GDPR compliance – from the original assessment of your application infrastructure to the long-term governance of your compliant systems – Crosscode is here to help. Our Crosscode Panoptics Platform is the automated discovery, analytics and governance solution that gives you the insight and control you need to bring your infrastructure into compliance and make sure it stays that way.
Governance and Audit
GDPR compliance is not a single exercise that your organization completes and then moves on, but an ongoing set of activities that keep data protected as your organization and its IT systems evolve over time. It is said we should think of GDPR as a marriage, not just the wedding day. Your organization invests a tremendous amount of time and money achieving compliance – drafting new policies and procedures, assessing your IT systems and realigning your operations. However, it is after the big day arrives that the real work of being a compliant organization day-in and day-out begins.
With our automated governance and audit trail capabilities, Crosscode is the ideal solution for maintaining compliance over the long term. Crosscode’s Governance Operating System (GoES) gives you granular control over changes to your environment. The system enables you to establish custom rules at the most detailed level to govern changes to applications and databases. You receive alerts on the platform of your choice anytime a non-compliant change occurs in the system. GoES operates at any scale, overcoming the challenges of governing modern systems where sometimes hundreds of DevOps teams develop and deploy in multi-cloud architectures.
GoES is complemented by Crosscode’s audit trail features which capture changes directly from the runtime environment. With Crosscode you can easily identify system changes and when they occurred. The audit trail is extremely comprehensive, reliably capturing database, code and configuration changes that often go undetected using other tools and manual methods.
Together, Crosscode’s governance and audit capabilities significantly reduce the time, effort and technical skills necessary to maintain compliance.
Discovery and Understanding
In order to protect customer data and ensure the reliability and accessibility of that data, you need to understand your full application infrastructure. Crosscode’s automatic discovery and dependency mapping features provide the most comprehensive view of your infrastructure available. Our unique, proprietary discovery and decomposition algorithms go deep into your application code and database schema to capture critical processes and dependencies that other solutions miss. Our language-agnostic approach lets you view your application stack through a single pane of glass across multiple languages and vendors, unifying code, APIs, databases and message queues. Also, because Crosscode’s discovery is fully automated, your organization can eliminate months (or years) of analyst time spent manually building unreliable dependency maps that don’t reflect real-time changes.
The most comprehensive view of your infrastructure available – no solution goes deeper.
Robust security is at the core of the GDPR compliance. Data breaches are among the most significant GDPR infringements, but beyond breaches themselves, GDPR compliance requires organizations to demonstrate that they have taken steps to ensure their security features are state-of-the-art and that their systems reflect “privacy by design.”
Crosscode’s real-time security features include essential capabilities that enable you to provide these security assurances across the most challenging architectures including cloud and multi-cloud environments. Crosscode executes a static analysis of bytecode in your runtime environment that can identify security vulnerabilities buried deep within your applications and scans third party and open source components for known security issues. Our deep dependency analysis lets you zero in on single points of failure and other application risks, preventing outages and delivering the availability and integrity of the GDPR prescribes.
Although less frequently discussed than some of the other provisions, the GDPR places heavy emphasis on your organization’s disaster recovery (DR) planning. The framework requires that organizations have both the ability to quickly restore data availability in the event of an incident, as well as the ability to test and assess the effectiveness of data protection plans. An important consideration for DR planning is that any rollover systems must themselves be GDPR compliant.
Crosscode’s discovery and dependency mapping capabilities give you the critical information needed to create compliant disaster recovery and business continuity plans. With Crosscode you can identify all the applications that need to be covered by the plan along with a full understanding of their dependencies and data requirements. Crosscode’s dependency maps enable you to troubleshoot and resolve system issues more quickly, reducing the mean time to resolution (MTTR) and ensuring your systems provide the availability and recoverability required by the GDPR.
The Bottom Line
The GDPR ushers in a new era in data privacy that impacts the way we do business around the world. The framework applies not only to any organization operating within the EU but to any organization providing goods and services to EU citizens. Implementing and abiding by the GDPR can be expensive, but so can the costs of failing to comply; the potential fines for the most serious GDPR infringements are 20,000,000 EUR or 4% of the prior year’s worldwide revenue, whichever is higher.
At Crosscode we believe there is much good that can come from improved data protection, not the least of which is a strengthened, more trusting relationship between consumers and the business community. We’re committed to helping our clients achieve these benefits and avoid the possible penalties at the lowest possible cost. Our Crosscode Panoptics software automates and simplifies many of the analytic and IT governance tasks required to achieve and maintain compliance, enabling your organization to save time and money, and reduce the level of technical expertise needed.
Contact us today for a demonstration and to learn more about how Crosscode can help you with your GDPR needs.