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Wrestling with GDPR Compliance?

Lawrence Miller

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new data security and privacy regulation for enterprises conducting business in the European Union. It requires strengthening of controls on how enterprises protect, use, and share their customers’ data.

Failure to comply with the GDPR can result in hefty fines – up to 20 million EUR, or 4% of the total worldwide annual turnover of the preceding financial year, whichever is higher.[1]

Some vendors are recommending point solutions to facilitate compliance with the GDPR. But this approach is insufficient. An overlay point solution by itself does not address the underlying issues. Customers’ data is so pervasive and widely used in enterprise software applications that point solutions are not sufficient.

We need a new approach. 

You need to consider solutions that have security and data privacy built-in, not bolted-on as an afterthought. And you can start with the most widely used business tool in your company – your collaboration platform.

Symphony is a cloud-based collaboration solution that uniquely combines end-to-end encryption, borderless external and internal communication, and enterprise-class administration into one extensible platform. Symphony Enterprise tier helps you comply with the GDPR – off the shelf – by raising the bar for data security and privacy as described below:

  • Encrypting messages and media as soon as the user presses send.
  • Keeping messages encrypted the entire time they are traversing the cloud or being stored in the cloud. Unlike others, there is no point in time that Symphony decrypts your messages in the cloud.
  • Giving you ownership and control of the encryption keys.

This revolutionary security model not only secures your communications end-to-end but also ensures that we cannot scrape your data.

Symphony’s next-generation security architecture is a necessary and substantial first step for businesses looking to comply with the GDPR. Complement Symphony with point solutions where needed to get to GDPR compliance faster.

Learn more about Symphony’s GDPR compliance strategy.

[1] Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex:32016R0679 

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