Fight for Your Right to Privacy: 6 Ways to Elevate Your Privacy Program
When it comes to running an enterprise-level privacy program, between collecting incident data from various departments, handling the multitude of data privacy regulations, performing multi-jurisdictional risk assessments, and racing against tight breach notification timelines – privacy leaders need to “fight” to change their organizational approach to incident response from a reactive intake process, to a proactive stance that embodies a culture of privacy.
The 1986 Beastie Boys’ song, “Fight for Your Right to Party”, comes to mind as privacy professionals often need to advocate for awareness within their organization, for collective buy-in and approval from the C-Suite, and for themselves amid a hectic and stressful workload.
After all, incident response is not a solo endeavor. Only by working together is it possible to mitigate all the technical, legal, privacy, and other significant risks that an incident imposes on an organization.
6 Ways to Elevate Your Privacy Program
In the complex world of privacy regulations and incident response, here are six ways to help reduce stress:
- Tap into resources. How can you stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving landscape of global data breach notification laws and changing definitions of personal information?We’ve got you covered with a free library of hundreds of global privacy laws, rules, and regulations to stay current on existing and proposed legislation.Check out Breach Law Radar, a free resource that’s updated regularly where you’ll find interactive maps to quickly identify notification laws pertaining to a designated state, federal, and international laws along with details regarding proposed and recently passed legislation, and more.
- Don’t reinvent the wheel. Leverage others’ privacy metrics and benchmarks. In order to make the case for increased funding, resources, and awareness around your privacy programs, you need proof to share with your stakeholders.You don’t need to start from scratch; check out the 2021 Privacy Incident Benchmark Report to see how you stack up in your industry.
- Exercise. Experts say that exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. How about “running” some tabletop exercises with your team. Conducting tabletop exercises can be a great way to evaluate your team’s incident response readiness and identify areas to improve your incident response readiness. Check out our free privacy team tabletop exercises.
- Streamline. Intelligent incident response technology to streamline compliance with data breach notification regulations can greatly help operationalizing Privacy efforts. Through consistent, automated risk assessments with Radar, privacy teams can make defensible decisions and keep a well-documented history of how you arrived at each decision. Learn how the Radar Breach Guidance Engine™ ensures compliance with global data breach notification laws.
- Consider a helping hand. Radar reduces the stress of privacy incident management by automating and systemizing all of the phases of incident response management, including intake and escalation, risk assessment, notification, reporting, and analysis.Purpose-built software for managing privacy incident response helps to bridge the gap between the technical and legal aspects of risk assessing incidents to accurately determine if an incident is a notifiable breach.
- Automate. Cut your incident response time in half with automation. Automation can also support collaboration, consistency, and efficiency when following the steps of incident response.“It’s not until you have automation in place, and you’re using it that you realize it enhances your role, it doesn’t replace you. It gives you more of a voice and the data that you need to share with senior executives and leaders to push forward,” outlined Trish Martin, director, privacy compliance at Guardian Life, in the recent IAPP webinar.
“Stress is one of those things we all experience that seems manageable until it’s not. The good news is that stress is highly manageable, especially when it’s at low levels…It’s best to confront your stressors as soon as possible,” reports Very Well Health.
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Topics: Incident Response Management