In this blog series, we’re discussing solid security practices that are key for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, and today we’ll address another crucial one: Indication of compromise (IOC).
In a nutshell, IOC can help customers who are dealing with unauthorized access to customer personal data by an external threat actor or adversary.
This makes IOC particularly relevant to GDPR’s stringent requirements for providing integrity, control, accountability and protection of EU residents’ personal data.
Read on to learn why IOC is critical for complying with GDPR, which went into effect in May, and how Qualys can help you.
Privacy and data breaches are increasingly caused by external threat actors or adversaries seeking financial gain.
Qualys IOC can help organizations by empowering security analysts to more quickly detect, investigate, research, and remediate external threats against computing systems that contain customer personal data, as well as the organization’s own sensitive data. This includes identifying modern non-malware and fileless attacks that are more easily able to bypass traditional endpoint prevention security technologies.
More specifically, Qualys IOC can help with two specific GDPR requirements:
GDPR doesn’t change how mature and lean-forward organizations have been implementing detection and response technology like Qualys IOC. However, it does change how those organizations that haven’t deployed such a technology need to implement it in a way that’s scalable, easy-to-use, cost effective, and non-impactful on their endpoint systems.
Let’s look more in detail at Qualys IOC.
Qualys IOC integrates endpoint detection, behavioral malware analysis, and pre-defined threat hunting techniques that incorporate a continuous view of an asset’s vulnerability posture along with suspicious activity monitoring.
With Qualys IOC, security analysts and incident responders can correlate endpoint activity with threat intelligence, network alerts, and sandbox analysis to quickly determine exactly when and where a compromise took place.
Key Qualys IOC benefits include:
In short, when an endpoint is infected and a breach happens, Qualys IoC helps you detect it faster, ideally before any damage is done and any information is stolen.
For your organization’s overall security posture, and for GDPR compliance specifically, It’s critical to prevent intruders from prowling around inside your network undetected for months.
In our next post in this blog series, we’ll look into the importance of web application security within the realm of your GDPR readiness efforts.
(Chris Carlson is a Vice President, Product Management at Qualys)
To learn more about how Qualys solutions can help you become GDPR compliant, visit qualys.com/gdpr where you can download our free interactive guide.
Read the other blog posts in this GDPR series: