Simplifying compliance with GDPR
As Abrona made progress with its Office 365 implementation, the organization needed help measuring how successfully it was complying with NEN 7510—a healthcare-specific privacy standard developed by the Dutch Standardisation Institute—and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a regulation about data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. GDPR came into effect on May 25, 2018.
To simplify compliance management, Abrona turned to Wortell, a member of the Microsoft Partner Network. Wortell recommended Compliance Manager, a risk assessment tool for the Microsoft Cloud that is available in the Microsoft Service Trust Portal. Abrona uses Compliance Manager to help assign, track, and record its compliance activities. “GDPR is a big topic right now, and we highly recommend the Compliance Manager tool to other companies,” says Dennis Vendel, Strategy Consultant at Wortell. “It provides an intuitive dashboard with drill-down checklists of prioritized actions that an organization takes to help achieve compliance with many legislations. With Compliance Manager, Microsoft is really taking a leap forward and showing customers what needs to be done to deliver the trusted cloud.”
Abrona and Wortell even held a “Privacy Festival” to increase awareness by engaging Abrona employees in all kinds of activities related to this topic. For example, Wortell provided an “escape room” where employees solved challenges related to privacy, security, and GDPR.
Abrona has made significant headway with its compliance activities for GDPR. Information and Communication Technology Department staffers use the digital checklists to see where they need to take action to improve their compliance posture within the Office 365 environment. “The Compliance Score within Compliance Manager is great for measuring how far you are from realizing certain GDPR milestones,” says Postma. “We can see what ‘assignments’ we need to complete and also what Microsoft has done toward compliance. Thanks to Compliance Manager, we can accelerate our deployment of Office 365 collaboration apps in the workplace to benefit from them faster. Today, we can assure our Board of Directors that we are taking all required steps to deploy a highly secure and compliant Office 365 solution. We consider Compliance Manager a fantastic product.”
Adds Vermeulen-Jacobs, “We are dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in society. I expect privacy and security to just be there, so I don’t have to worry about anything other than caring for our residents.”
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