Risk analysis

What is GDPR risk analysis?

Risk analysis is the process of assessing potential threats and risks related to the processing of personal data in the organization, as well as checking the compliance of the processes taking place in the organization with the applicable regulations specified by the GDPR. Risk analysis is a fundamental tool for demonstrating GDPR compliance. Carrying it out is also the most important obligation under the GDPR.

Conducting risk analysis should be comprehensive, objective and repeatable. This means ensuring a common approach for the entire administrator's organization, which will ensure accountability and comparability of results both over time and between individual processes implemented in the organization. The comprehensiveness of the analysis should also be understood as the participation of all key stakeholders involved in business processes in this analysis. Therefore, you can think of risk analysis as a kind of platform for joint communication between the management board, business, people responsible for processes and technical services, IT teams and those responsible for the security of the organization and information.

Delegating responsibility for conducting risk analyzes only to strictly technical, administrative or purely business units may result in:

  • lack of appropriate communication due to the use of a language specific to a specific unit or department,
  • thus, lack of comprehensiveness of the analysis conducted,
  • and a limited, "specialized" approach specific to a particular department.

Basics of consistent risk analysis

Therefore, it is worth adopting a common and consistent risk analysis methodology for the entire administrator's organization. The methodology, which will combine the needs, perspectives and involvement of various organizational units, will be appropriately developed and sufficiently comprehensive. Thanks to this approach, a common conceptual, communication and operational plane will be created, enabling the entire organization to use a unified set of concepts and tools.

The above means that none of the stakeholders of such an organized risk analysis process has a dominant voice, and the analysis itself does not tend to drift into a strictly technical direction, based solely on the security and technical measures existing in the organization, or towards a side describing the issue only from a business perspective. process supervisor.

GDPR Risk Tracker - a tool for comprehensive risk analysis

If your organization processes personal data, it is necessary for you to conduct a risk analysis. How to conduct risk analysis quickly, easily and with minimal effort? The answer to this question is the GDPR Risk Tracker application, which in an ergonomic and effective way will guide you step by step through the entire process of preparing a risk analysis. Additionally, an application enabling a comprehensive risk analysis and data protection impact assessment (DPIA) to verify compliance with the GDPR and generate a full final report. All this is based on ready-made data presented in the form of dictionaries and templates.

The original risk analysis methodology prepared by the application creators is tailored to the requirements of the GDPR. The methodology focusing on the rights of data subjects is based on the ISO family of standards, in particular the 29134 standard.