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GDPR - An Overview

Why It’s Vital for Qualysec to Safeguard Data

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European regulation designed to improve and unify the way that organizations operating across the EU, including Qualysec, collect, handle, process, and store personal data such as HR records and customer lists. Among the requirements of the GDPR is the need for organizations to improve information security and governance.

In the UK, the requirements of the GDPR are enshrined in the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA).

What is Penetration Testing for GDPR?

As a data protection and cyber security company, Qualysec understands the importance of complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ensuring appropriate measures are in place to safeguard personal data. Penetration testing is one such measure that can help organizations achieve GDPR compliance and maintain the ongoing security of their applications.

Why Penetration Testing is Important for GDPR Compliance

Penetration testing, also known as ethical hacking, is a process of simulating a real-world cyber attack on an organization’s applications to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses. This process is essential for GDPR compliance, as Article 32 requires organizations to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability, and resilience of processing applications and services. Penetration testing can help organizations meet this requirement by identifying vulnerabilities and providing recommendations to improve security.

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How Penetration Testing Helps Achieve GDPR Compliance

Penetration testing is an effective way to identify and address security vulnerabilities that could potentially compromise personal data. By conducting regular penetration testing, organizations can:

  • Identify vulnerabilities before cyber criminals exploit them
  • Prioritize security risks and allocate resources to mitigate them
  • Ensure appropriate technical and organizational measures are in place to protect personal data
  • Meet GDPR requirements and avoid hefty fines for non-compliance

What Qualysec's Penetration Testing Service Offers?

Qualysec’s penetration testing service is tailored to help organizations achieve GDPR compliance and maintain the ongoing security of their applications. Our expert team follows a rigorous methodology to identify vulnerabilities in your applications and provide actionable recommendations for improvement. Our service includes:

Comprehensive vulnerability assessment and penetration testing of your applications

Detailed reporting on identified vulnerabilities and recommendations for remediation

Access to our expert team for ongoing support and guidance

Flexible scheduling to minimize disruption to your business operations

The GDPR Security Requirements: A Comprehensive Overview

The GDPR includes several security requirements that organizations must adhere to in order to ensure that personal data is protected against unauthorized access, unlawful processing, accidental loss, damage or destruction. These requirements include:

Article 5

Personal data should be processed securely, including appropriate protection against unauthorized or unlawful processing and accidental loss, destruction, or damage, using appropriate technical and organizational measures.

Article 32

Organizations should ensure that data processing systems and services are continually confidential, available, resilient, and with the necessary integrity. There should be a regular testing, assessing, and evaluating process of the efficiency of technical and organizational measures implemented to ensure the security of data processing.

Article 33

Organizations should have robust processes in place to detect and investigate personal data breaches and report them within 72 hours to the relevant authorities.

Article 35

Organizations should conduct a Data Processing Impact Assessment (DPIA) of processing operations to ensure that the protection of personal data is not at risk.

What is Personal Data?

Personal data is defined by Article 4 of the GDPR as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes information that could be used to directly or indirectly identify an individual. Qualysec understands that organizations must implement appropriate measures to protect personal data. Some examples of personal data include:

ID numbers
IP addresses and cookie IDs
HR records
Customer contact details

Health records
CVs and employment details
CCTV and call recordings

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Why Choose Qualysec?


Why Choose Qualysec for Your GDPR Compliance?

As organizations must comply with the GDPR’s requirements, they need to implement appropriate measures to protect personal data. Qualysec offers a range of services to help organizations meet GDPR compliance, including:

Penetration Testing for GDPR

Penetration testing is an essential tool for GDPR compliance. It involves the simulated testing of an organization’s applications to identify vulnerabilities and assess the effectiveness of security controls. Penetration testing helps organizations identify potential weaknesses in their applications and provides insight into how to fix them.

Qualysec’s penetration testing services are designed to help organizations meet GDPR requirements. Our team of experts will simulate an attack on your applications to identify vulnerabilities that could lead to a data breach. We will provide you with a detailed report that outlines any security weaknesses and recommendations on how to improve your security posture.

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At Qualysec, we understand the importance of GDPR compliance for organizations that handle personal data. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping organizations implement appropriate measures to protect personal data and meet GDPR requirements. With our range of services, including penetration testing and data protection impact assessments, we can help you ensure that your organization is fully compliant with the GDPR. Choose Qualysec for your GDPR compliance needs and rest assured that your personal data is protected.

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The GDPR Versus the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998: What Has Changed?

The GDPR introduced several key differences in data protection requirements compared to the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. These include:

Personal Information

An expanded definition of personal information to include online identifiers such as IP addresses.

Increased Sanctions

An increased level of fines for organizations that fail to comply and/or suffer a personal data breach.

Data Protection Officers

The requirement for some organizations, such as public authorities, and those that process large amounts or special categories of data, to appoint a Data Protection Officer.


A tightening of the consent rules governing the collection and use of personal information.

Privacy by Design

Promotion of privacy by design – ensuring data protection is taken into account at every stage of a product development process.

Article 5 Principles

Qualysec values compliance with GDPR’s Article 5 principles, ensuring personal data is processed lawfully, accurately, and securely, for limited purposes and only as long as necessary.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is GDPR penetration testing and why is it important for organizations like Qualysec?

    GDPR penetration testing is a process of identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in an organization’s applications to assess the effectiveness of its security controls and measures. It involves simulating an attack on an organization’s applications to identify potential risks and gaps in compliance with GDPR regulations.

    At Qualysec, we understand the importance of GDPR penetration testing for organizations as it helps them identify and mitigate security risks before they are exploited by cybercriminals. It is also a mandatory requirement for GDPR compliance.

    How does GDPR penetration testing help organizations comply with GDPR regulations?

    GDPR penetration testing helps organizations comply with GDPR regulations by identifying potential security risks and vulnerabilities in their applications. By conducting regular penetration tests, organizations like Qualysec can demonstrate that they are taking adequate measures to protect personal data and meet GDPR requirements.

    What are the benefits of GDPR penetration testing for organizations like Qualysec?

    The benefits of GDPR penetration testing for organizations like Qualysec include identifying security vulnerabilities before they are exploited, demonstrating compliance with GDPR regulations, reducing the risk of data breaches, and protecting the reputation and trust of customers and stakeholders.

    What are the stages involved in GDPR penetration testing?

    The stages involved in GDPR penetration testing include planning and scoping, reconnaissance, vulnerability scanning, exploitation, and reporting. At Qualysec, we follow a comprehensive and rigorous approach to ensure the effectiveness of our GDPR penetration testing services.

    How often should organizations like Qualysec conduct GDPR penetration testing?

    Organizations like Qualysec should conduct GDPR penetration testing on a regular basis to identify and mitigate potential security risks. The frequency of testing should be determined by the organization’s risk management strategy, regulatory requirements, and the level of data protection required.

    What are the key elements of a GDPR penetration testing report?

    The key elements of a GDPR penetration testing report include a summary of the testing methodology, the scope of the test, the vulnerabilities and risks identified, the severity of the vulnerabilities, and recommendations for mitigating the identified risks. At Qualysec, we provide comprehensive reports that are easy to understand and actionable.

    What qualifications and expertise should a GDPR penetration testing service provider like Qualysec possess?

    A GDPR penetration testing service provider like Qualysec should possess relevant qualifications, such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP). They should also have experience in conducting GDPR compliance assessments and penetration testing for organizations across various industries.

    How can organizations like Qualysec ensure the effectiveness of their GDPR penetration testing?

    Organizations like Qualysec can ensure the effectiveness of their GDPR penetration testing by following a comprehensive and structured approach, engaging qualified and experienced penetration testing service providers, and regularly reviewing and updating their security controls and measures.