The GDPR is a complex piece of legislation and with its first anniversary now upon us, the importance of identifying a clear and structured approach to the data protection compliance program has never been more necessary.
If we want to see results, we need to be proactive and not reactive, we need to work collectively and not individualistically. An organised and structured program will deliver results, reduce costs, improve staff morale and most importantly develop the right data protection culture within the organisation.
In turn, the right data protection culture within the organisation will help the organisation to meet its own goals – building customer trust will increase sales and engagement. Getting the compliance program working effectively will reduce risk avoiding negative consequences like fines or the fallout from reputational damage.
Applying a structured approach to the data protection program ensures it lines up with the risk appetite of the organisation and addresses the areas that most require attention as a priority.
We use the Fort Privacy Maturity Model Framework to bring much needed structure to our client projects. We apply the framework to Data Protection Audits, in order to deliver outsourced Data Protection Officer services and in the design of our advanced Data Protection Program Management Training.
We have developed the framework as a result of our work with clients over the last few years. We have learned that the most important element of any compliance program is clarity. The Fort Privacy Maturity Model Framework delivers that clarity.