With less than five months until the implementation of GDPR, organizations are scrambling to comply with the strict data security standards.

The implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU will impact hundreds of thousands of businesses globally. GDPR imposes a significant update to data security laws on all EU members defining the protection and use of data of European citizens. It is the most extensive change in data privacy regulations that we have seen in years, and any business found not in compliance will face stiff regulatory fines.

With a deadline of May 25, 2018, enterprises are scrambling to identify exactly how they can comply with its strict data security standards and the effect GDPR compliance will have on their overall digital business initiatives. And in the process, many businesses are finding themselves unprepared for GDPR.

So how can businesses take a practical approach to meeting GDPR requirements?

Preparing for GDPR with access control

A key theme within the GDPR is the control of who has access to digital assets that are covered by the update. Dynamic authorization or Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) can help navigate GDPR compliance (while also supporting digital business initiatives) by providing data and transaction protection capabilities. Dynamic authorization provides contextual and fine-grained access control. It’s a policy-based access control approach, and the policies are built using the relationships between ‘attributes’ that define the who, what, when, where, how and why a user is granted or denied access to a given information asset.

Dynamic authorization can do more than just protect who receives access to sensitive data. In a GDPR context, dynamic authorization supports the establishment of intimate trusted customer relationships by balancing privacy protection, risk management and security practices. This can further solve a variety of GDPR requirements including:

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