In order for us to enter in e-commerce communications with EU countries, you will need to conform to the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor agreement and will need to overcome political, administrative, and technical hurdles. Your employees will need training on this once all our program components have been developed, tested, and certified. Politically, this agreement is surrounded by criticisms concerning dispute resolution, accountability, and overall effectiveness. Mitigate this terrain with policies, strategies, and plans that are governed within your IT Governance model. Administratively, Safe Harbor audits show certified organizations fail to meet the required accountability concerning data usages. Your policies, plans, and procedures will provide the steps to surpass this challenge. Technically, verify your information security infrastructure can handle your data privacy needs and mesh it with your administrative documentation. The institution of this data privacy program also provides an opportunity to perform a health check of your IT governance lifecycle and uncover unknown shortcomings where IT can provide further business need support and value.
The U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor agreement only calls for governance of personal data obtained from E.U. countries, but policy must integrate national data as well. Policy must support these five aims: Prevention, Detection, Containment, Deterrence, and Recovery. These aims shall protect the critical asset - personal data - and must be incorporated into an overall IT governance strategy, as well as being supported by data privacy plans and procedures. Deliver a draft policy to your organization after determining your strengths, weaknesses, and deficiencies, both internally to your IT department and to the needs of your organization's business units.
Information Security Infrastructure
Your program infrastructure must protect all of your targeted personal data and will be intertwined with governance and policy. Foremost, you must have administrative, logical, and physical controls in place to accurately secure and account for personal data, and this begins with maintaining a foundation of availability, integrity, and confidentiality, which are the three fundamental pillars of information security. This foundation and control combination - if effective - will safeguard your organization against many of the financial and reputation hits you might take if not established in this program for Safe Harbor certification. Interview business unit owners, run risk assessments, determine the appropriate course of action to ensure program effectiveness, and provide a full results briefing when completed. Additionally, your course of action should contain a training plan for our workforce to educate them about this program and their responsibilities, as human error is the number one risk you must mitigate.
Safe Harbor Certification
U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor privacy principles will need to be integrated into your data privacy program assessments, governance, policies, procedures, and training. These seven principles are: Notice, Purpose, Consent, Security, Disclosure, Access, and Accountability. The DoC has specific definitions, checklists, forms, and guidance for certification for us to state your intentions of purpose, proportionality, and transparency with E.U. personal data. Oversee that you understand, comprehend, and comply these needs. We are confident this approach with policy, governance, assessment, structure, and training position us toward certification, leadership in national and international data security conformance, and continuing international business. Contact us for an assessment and Executive Plan today.
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