Foregenix Blog

Richard Jones

Data Discovery: The only place to start with GDPR


,31/10/17 10:27

To those new to GDPR, it may appear like a complex task for which there are so many actions it’s almost impossible to know where to start. I would wager that GDPR has, or will, seem like this to those who are in the process of preparing themselves for its arrival next May.

There is no shortage of useful content regarding what it is and there are many who will advise on how to tackle the challenge that lay ahead.

That said, one can never plan the route to a destination without knowing where you are starting from. The real challenge is getting to a point where you know what Personally Identifiable Information (PII) you have, that it has been legitimately acquired, is essential to your business and can be managed in accordance with GDPR. With research suggesting that for many, up to 85% of retained PII would violate GDPR in some way shape or form.

Embarking on the finer points of GDPR without a comprehensive data audit will almost certainly prove a futile and costly exercise. With up to 35% of PII being classified as redundant, obsolete or trivial (ROT) and 50% as Dark Data (that which can no longer be legitimately used). There is a huge opportunity to refine the scope of a GDPR project by simply locating and then clearing out all the junk. In other words, shifting the PII that has gone from being a potential asset to a real liability.   

As a leading specialist in the field of PCI DSS, Foregenix work on the premise that efficient and cost-effective compliance comes by minimising what’s within scope for an audit. Don’t store what you are not allowed to store, protect what needs to be retained for doing business and get rid of anything else. That said, payment data has always had a habit of cropping up in unexpected places. Unexpected to the owner that is. Would be attackers have come to recognise where monetizable payment data ‘hangs out’ and as such these ‘back waters’ become prime targets.

Having spent many years tracking down payment card data using its own product called FScout, Foregenix has recently partnered with Ground Labs. Ground Labs are a leading provider of sensitive data discovery technology that will hunt out all manner of PII.

With over 200 international data formats from over 50 countries and the option to create custom searches, Ground Lab’s Enterprise Recon should be the starting point for any GDPR project. Knowing what data exists and where it resides can make interesting reading, especially when compared to the way data is intended to flow around an organisation.

The ubiquity of PCI DSS makes it a great point of reference where GDPR compliance projects are concerned. GDPR will no doubt permeate more deeply into a business than PCI DSS, extending into the whole field of privacy and the legal ramifications. However, without a detailed audit of the PII around which your organisation revolves – it will more than likely become a task that seems more complex than it really is!  

Guided Website Threat Review

Tags: GDPR


Kirsty Trainer
"Key" to Secure Data - P2PE - Derived Unique Key Per Transaction (DUKPT)

Written by Andrew McKenna, PCI QSA, PCIP at Foregenix The encryption key infrastructure usually ...

Read More
Duncan Slater
Alert: Major UK Payment Service Provider iFrame Man-In-The-Middle Breach

The Foregenix Digital Forensics and Incident Response Team recently reported a man-in-the-middle ...

Read More

Cyber Security Insights

Richard Jones
14/02/18 11:14

Foregenix Partner With Ground Labs To Strengthen GDPR Services

The clock is ticking and we are swiftly moving toward the GDPR deadline, with organisations of all shapes and sizes preparing themselves for the new ...

Read More

Jake Dennys
12/02/18 15:18

5 Steps To Make Your Travel Agency PCI Compliant

PCI compliance is no easy feat, it can be a challenge to obtain, but results in lasting consumer trust and peace of mind knowing their data is ...

Read More

Kirsty Trainer
07/02/18 12:34

Foregenix expands into Brazil with new São Paulo office

After an exciting growth period in 2017, we were able to officially launch Foregenix in Australia, extending our service delivery into the land down ...

Read More

Jake Dennys
06/02/18 09:30

Foregenix aim to help travel agents meet IATA accreditation deadline

Travel agents are in a  race against time to meet IATA’s deadline for PCI DSS compliance. They've been given the deadline of March 2018 to become PCI ...

Read More

Benjamin Hosack
05/02/18 13:45

Foregenix expands APAC presence with Dan Ball, Territory Manager. 

Foregenix has further expanded their APAC presence with the addition of Dan Ball to the team as a Territory Manager in Australia, with ...

Read More