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GDPR overview: Everything you need to know for compliance

PCI, HIPAA, SOX, GLBA. The alphabet soup of government regulations and compliance standards is enough to give any CIO a migraine. But just when you thought it was safe to come out of the regulatory waters, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is right around the corner. Haven’t heard of GDPR? You soon will—and you’d better pay attention.

Previous cybersecurity regulations such as Safe Harbor, which was overturned by court orders, and the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield left room for improvement. The EU then created GDPR to add teeth to European regulations for how organizations handle security. Essentially, the EU is augmenting regulations to ensure that all organizations protect the data subjects—the people—from companies conducting abusive personal data processing.