RODO and ISO 27001 – how are they connected

RODO, which in Europe stands for General Data Protection Regulation is a norm that has come into play in May of 2018 and it has been creating chaos in companies way before that. The goal of that new set of rules and restrictions is to make data flow easily between EU countries by standardising the way it is processed in each and every country that is part of the EU. RODO brought about some massive changes to the way data processing and security is viewed by making it mandatory for each and every company to actively protect every single bit of data they collect. How to do so and not get overflown with restrictions? By implementing an ISMS based on the rules of RODO and ISO 27001. How do those two standards connect and how they can help you with keeping your data safe and secure?

ISO 27001 and RODO – similarities

The internationally-renowned standard that has been making sure of information safety in companies for many years now has all the basic directions on how to take care of risks and threats and make sure that data is as secure as possible. As such, it is the perfect starting point for achieving RODO compliance and minimising the risks of law breaches. The basics of RODO are that a company deploys proper politics, procedures and processes in order to keep data safe and secure at all times and costs. Looking at some examples of what is being required from all organisations, we see the need to use data encryption, minimising risks of destroying, losing, changing or sharing data with third parties, as well as having to test and assess the effectiveness of systems and software deployed to protect the data. It doesn’t take a specialist to see that it is all included in ISO 27001 as well!

How ISO 27001 helps with RODO?

ISO 27001 is an international ISMS that draws the outline of proper information and data security systems that uses rules, procedures, documentation and technology to the company’s advantage. The rules have been helping companies manage, monitor, control and improve their practices around data and information security for years and now, being a complex and versatile system, they help those that need to implement RODO as well. It involves details on how to manage risks and take care of threats while keeping every piece of data as safe as possible. If you are already certified with ISO 27001, complying to RODO shouldn’t be a problem and if you aren’t, it’s a good way to do so.