KPMG unveils Discovery and Maturity Assessment Model for EU’s General Data Protection Regulation

KPMG has unveiled a solutions offer developed in tandem with Microsoft to help companies prepare for and meet the requirements of the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the landmark data privacy law – in force as of 25 May 2018 – that will apply to all organisations processing the personal data of citizens residing in the EU regardless of their location.

The GDPR Discovery and Maturity Assessment Model helps clients to meet the requirements of the GDPR using a customised programme of processes, procedures and technology capabilities. The model provides a high-level roadmap to assist clients in overcoming identified compliance gaps backed by a portfolio of capabilities that combines KPMG’s cyber security, regulatory and industry experience with Microsoft’s data management, governance and collaboration tools as well as the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

“Any company that offers goods and services in the EU, regardless of where they are located and where they process personal data, must comply with the GDPR,” urged Greg Bell, KPMG’s global cyber security services co-leader and a partner with KPMG in the United States. “With the penalties for non-compliance potentially steep, companies should have a readiness programme in place relatively quickly. Our GDPR Discovery and Maturity Assessment Model can help clients in building an approach that’s designed to accelerate their security and data protection journey, whether in the cloud or on premise.”

Ann Johnson, Microsoft’s worldwide vice-president for enterprise and cyber security, added: “Navigating the complexity of the GDPR to reach a level of maturity requires a well-defined approach in combination with strong and specialist guidance and the right solutions. KPMG’s abilities in security risk, data privacy and regulatory experience in tandem with our own technologies such as Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Azure, the Microsoft Azure SQL Database and Windows 10 can assist companies to chart the right course towards compliance.”

In addition to solutions aimed at GDPR compliance, KPMG and Microsoft will work with companies on offerings specifically designed to help end clients improve their cyber defence posture. These solutions encompass secure collaboration, digital identity, Azure security, shadow IT and analytics.

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