General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) poses the biggest change to the regulatory landscape of data privacy. Coming into effect in May 2018, GDPR aims to unify data protection all across the EU and establish data privacy and protection as a fundamental right.

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Where and What

GDPR places significant policy and technical responsibilities on ANY organization that handles EU citizens’ personal data, regardless of whether or not it physically operates in the EU.

Therefore, although GDPR originates in Europe, it has a vast worldwide impact and it will directly affect the way international businesses operate in Europe.


GDPR – First Steps:

A lot has been discussed about GDPR and its novelty has contributed to numerous speculations and interpretations.

Check Point has concluded about recommended focus areas to begin your GPDR preparation process. Those include: Staffing, Data Audit and Classification, Risk Analysis, Logging of Activity and Breach Identification, and Fundamental Controls. Scroll down to read our white paper for more details and action items.

For more general information on how to start preparing for GDPR, please read our blog post: GDPR – here’s what you need to do right now or refer to the interview on


Cost and Enforcement

According to the regulation penalties for non-compliance may reach up to 4% of a company’s worldwide turnover or €20M.

Enforcement start day: 25 May, 2018

Implementing Fundamental Security Controls for GDPR

The GDPR guidelines are based on a risk-based approach to ensuring the privacy and security of an individual’s data. Specifically, GDPR proposes that relevant entities implement measures that are appropriate to the value or damage associated with the loss of personal information.

Check Point products can help you jump start your compliance today. Start with:

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