Tuesday November 13 2018

Vigilant Software Launches Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Tool

The new tool will help data controllers quickly determine whether they need to conduct a DPIA in accordance with GDPR

Vigilant Software Launches Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Tool

Information security and compliance specialist, Vigilant Software has reinforced its product portfolio with the launch of a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) tool.

A core part of a DPIA is to identify risks, calculate how likely they are to occur and what impact that might have on an organisation. They are important tools for accountability, helping controllers not only comply with the requirements of GDPR but also demonstrate that appropriate measures have been put in place to ensure compliance.

Vigilant’s DPIA tool walks customers through the steps they must complete as part of a DPIA, including questionnaires that prompt users for information about the process and providing the means to identify individual risks to the data subjects, including evaluating levels of risk and corresponding responses.

Vigilant’s DPIA tool features a range of benefits including:

Simple and effective risk assessment: the tool simplifies and accelerates the risk assessment process by replacing standard manual data input with a quick and intuitive online interface that can be reviewed and updated periodically.

Alignment with GDPR: It helps organisations meet the requirements set out in Article 35 of the GDPR and is completely aligned with guidance from both the ICO and WP29.

Standardised procedures: To aid consistency across the organisation, the DPIA tool provides six standardised steps to ensure all information is accurately captured and helps controllers track progress in compliance and risk assessment.

Full integration with existing software: The DPIA tool can be seamlessly integrated with other compliance and data mapping tools offering complete visibility.

Gemma Platt, managing executive of Vigilant Software said: “All UK organisations need to be GDPR compliant, and most of those will need to undertake a DPIA at some stage, or at least answer the qualifying questions to find out if one is required. The Vigilant DPIA tool will help ease pressure on controllers by automating risk assessment procedures and improving long-term data compliance.”

This announcement follows Vigilant’s recent launch of vsRisk Cloud, a streamlined version of their desktop product vsRisk, which allows users to conduct information security risk assessments in accordance with ISO 27001. Vigilant has also recently relaunched its partner programme and is engaging with suitable resellers who are interested in adding dynamic risk assessment and compliance modules to their portfolio.

"All UK organisations need to be GDPR compliant, and most of those will need to undertake a DPIA at some stage, or at least answer the qualifying questions to find out if one is required"
Gemma Platt, Managing Executive, Vigilant Software

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