Digital transformation is rapidly becoming a key discussion point in most boardrooms and this conversation cannot happen without security. There are many aspects of risk that digital transformation can bring to a company and organization. The most important question is ‘how do I secure my business flow?’. A customer needs to secure the earning and continue business as usual during the phase of migration and even grow after the full implementation. No disruption during or after migration is allowed. With this ‘Business Process’ impact in mind, a given organization needs to plan and build the transformation project accordingly.
Before launching a digital transformation programme, a company or organization needs to prepare it carefully by not only identifying the critical business processes but also the technical risks that are linked to changing the application software, system implementation and cyber breach exposure. This can be achieved with assessments and audits of the systems in a way that after the transformation, the IT department will be able to follow a check list and review accordingly.
A generic auditing of all systems is advisable to run on a regular basis to reduce the risk of exposure to a cyber security breach. Ingram Micro has developed a series of assessment reports and consultancy services that are commonly needed in such cases and can be delivered efficiently to our channel partners. Vendors and value-added distributors must work together to ensure partners are aware of the threats and can correctly position vendor solutions to protect their end customers.
Ingram Micro Cyber Security has developed a training portfolio to create awareness and educate users at every level. It begins with foundational trainings for cyber security awareness to detailed certified professional security trainings. We regularly update our business partners about new threats and cyber security trends through several channels such as social media, webinars and monthly newsletters.
Finally, nothing can be better than regular assessments and audits to be offered to end-users in this domain of cyber threats and Ingram Micro can provide the necessary support required.
GDPR Implementation Roadmap
As the deadline for GDPR fast approaches, its awareness levels are steadily rising. However, acquiring a deep understanding of the Regulation and translating it into implementation across organizations is one of the biggest gaps to be filled. GDPR seeks to improve EU individuals’ overall control over their privacy. With a massive upsurge in cyberattacks targeting the region, it is vital that organizations implement a detailed roadmap for compliance. Violations may invite fines up to €20 million.
At Ingram Micro, we advocate a four-phased roadmap to GDPR compliance. One of the challenging steps in the roadmap is the design of controls that duly address “Privacy by Design” and “Privacy by Default”. GDPR’s success depends enormously on the correct infusion of these principles across the controls lifecycle. We offer consultancy services for organizations to address this effectively.
Another challenge is to appoint a qualified Data Protection Officer. This position is crucial to GDPR success with responsibilities including maintenance of GDPR compliance, employee awareness, etc. The DPO must evolve to the position of an internal “GDPR Champion”. We offer trainings that prepare DPO candidates for the two most appropriate certifications – CIPP/E and CIPM.
GDPR implementation will improve organizations’ data protection levels and boost the reach of data privacy regulation across a broader scope.